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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.
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2008.10.15 Food pyramid features new kind of apple

Written by David Green.


After dinner, which was a bowl of coleslaw and a slice of whole wheat bread with sunflower seeds, David placed a washed apple next to my plate as I was reading a magazine.

“I already had an apple today. I ate it earlier while I was reading my book,” I said.

“It’s time to get out the food pyramid again so you can see chocolate isn’t on it and you need more than one fruit a day,” he replied.

Study after study says chocolate—dark chocolate—is good for this and that. Helps keep teeth strong. Slows aging. Lowers blood pressure. Lowers cholesterol. Surely it must be somewhere on the food pyramid by now.

I didn’t want another apple. And I didn’t even want a piece of chocolate. Not the Chocolove Dark Chocolate with 61 percent cocoa content or the even more potent Chocolove Dark Chocolate with 73 percent cocoa content.

Instead, I wanted to finish off the package of Newman’s Own Newman-O’s chocolate crème filled chocolate cookies. I have no self control when it comes to Newman-O’s. I can usually stop at three or four Newman’s Own Ginger-O’s, but the chocolate version of Paul’s sandwich cookies slays me. I am putty to its siren song.

And even though I didn’t write the ode that follows—it’s on the package of Newman O-s—I can understand the sentiment.

Ode to Newman-O’s

You might, m’lady

tweak my nose.

You could, m’lord

step on my toes.

But Heaven help

those poor bozos,

who try to filch

my Newman-O’s

I bought the cookies because they were on sale. They cost way too much at regular price so I grabbed them—it’s hard to pass up a bargain even when I know I’m flirting with five pounds on the hips.

Almost as soon as I got them home, buyer’s remorse set in and I tried to get them out of the house. First I bagged up nearly half of each package of cookies to share with David’s parents and aunts. And then I put the half-filled packages in a bag and set it on our entryway dresser, the last stop before leaving the house. I was going to bring the cookies to the kids participating in the Teen Read-A-Thon at the library Saturday.

But I totally forgot about them until I got home from work and wondered what the heck was in the bag on the dresser.  Imagine my delight when I still had cookies in the house! The Newman-O’s lasted until Sunday afternoon.

I have to be nuts to even consider eating cookies—even ones made with organic flour and organic sugar and organic oil. My younger brother Mark was just diagnosed with diabetes and I figure genetics being what they are, I’m probably not far behind in joining the ranks of people with a finicky pancreas.

What is it about getting diagnosed that whips people into shape? Don’t we know all along how we should be eating and that we should be getting enough exercise and sleep?

Mark knows. He’s a massage therapist and well versed in living a healthy life. He once ran in the New York City Marathon and he’s run many 5K and 10K races. But life gets in the way sometimes and it takes a slap in the face diagnosis to make you stop eating four pounds of candy a week while watching movies.

Like with most studies on any one subject, there is a lot of variation in what they conclude and even what constitutes the substance under study.

Some consider dark chocolate anything with 35 percent cocoa content; for others it’s more than 65 or 70 percent. That’s what I learned poking around on the Internet.

But the most exciting bit of information I came across was Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid. Guess what’s right up there on the top?

You got it. Dark chocolate with 70 percent cocoa.

How d’you like them apples?

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