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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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2010.03.03 Cozy Casual meets Cantankerous Camper

Written by David Green.


I knew I would be strapped for time this week since I’m scheduled to attend two conferences in New York City Thursday through Saturday, so last week when I should have been writing a story about the Paul Keller Trio coming to the library March 14, I cruised the Observer website where many of our old columns can be found. I figured I would have to mine one of my old ones for use this week.

I was pretty tickled with myself when I found one I could re-use...even though I didn’t need to write a column last week, I felt prepared and relieved that the pressure would be off for this week.

Although...I was I bit concerned when I realized that the column I was going to use reminded me of two more favorite columns—all three of which involved underwear...

But then, I was reading “Real Simple” magazine and found an article called “A B C D: What’s your Decorating Style?” The article started with a visual quiz depicting about 35 objects each labeled A, B, C, or D.

All you have to do is look at the images and pick the ones you’re drawn to. “No thinking—just go with your gut and move quickly.” Based on your responses, the quiz key will name your style. Mostly A’s? You’re Sophisticated Classic. B’s? Modern Graphic. Mostly C’s pins you as a Cozy Casual and D’s means you’ll probably like Vintage Eclectic.

The next four pages show photographs of rooms in the different styles and it’s uncanny how accurately the quiz deciphers which style you’ll like. Cozy Casual is what my “mostly C” responses indicate. And of all four photographs, that’s the style I like the best.

I thought it was such a quick and fun exercise; I couldn’t wait to have David take the quiz! I presented it to him with stifled excitement...I didn’t want to color his responses and I didn’t want to deter him from participating. David can be finicky about things like “dumb” magazine quizzes.

I showed him the page with the 35 items in full color and asked him to just tell me the letters of all the items he was drawn to. I poised my pencil, ready to write down the stream of letters he would quickly utter.

“C,” he said.

A pause.

“D,” he continued.

Another pause.

The pause gets longer. And longer. My pencil is at the ready and he’s not saying anything.

“One ‘C’ and one ‘D’?” I asked. “You’re supposed to tell me the letter for each of the items you’re attracted to.”

“That’s it,” he said. “I don’t like anything else.”

And then he started pointing at items.

“I don’t like that thing, I don’t like that. Look at that pillow. Why would I want that ugly pillow in my house? High-heeled shoe? I wouldn’t wear that,” he spit all this out, just getting started.

He pointed to the lovely wicker picnic basket. “You know I’m sick of baskets.”

“Look at that ridiculous chair,” he said pointing at a velvet covered Victorian style chair. “And there’s another ugly chair,” he said pointing at another, more modern style, maybe from the 50s.

“That’s a ridiculous clock,” he said pointing at one of those kinds of clocks, also from the 50s, I think, with 12 spikes sticking out making it look like a star.

He went on and on and I finally stopped recording his responses with my pencil. I was eager to know which of the items he did like.

“Let me guess which two you picked,” I said.

“The maple leaf,” I said, and scanning the page again, I knew instantly. “The bird!”

“The bird,” he said. “That was stylish, I like birds.”

The bird was actually a quirky looked like a common crow, its claws clinging to a spoked wheel and a crazy little plume attached to its head.

David looked the page over once more and concluded, “I might as well live outdoors, aye?”

Hmm, might not be a bad idea. He could tent it in the back yard while I hang out on the couch in my underwear—Cozy Casual style.

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