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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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2012.01.04 Stretching into the new year with Dr. Oz

Written by David Green.


A headline on the cover of the AARP magazine caught my eye on New Year’s Eve. 

“Dr. Oz: 24 hours to a Longer Life!” Except for the bit about getting up at 6 a.m., there were some great suggestions in the article. One that I latched on to right away and resolved to do starting the next day was performing seven minutes of yoga every morning.

Long ago, I traveled to Adrian with a group of Morenci women to take a yoga class. I don’t remember much about it besides the little bean bags the instructor placed on our foreheads as we all laid there stretched out on our backs during the cool down phase of the class. It was such a relaxing experience.

I don’t remember why I never continued with it...but we do have a yoga book in the house, one David gave Rosie for Christmas in 1994, called “Yoga for Children.” I figured that was just my speed and a great way to get back into yoga. 

I randomly opened the book to page 50, to a pose called Fan which looked extremely easy—the photo showed a mom and her daughter sitting on the floor with their legs spread out. 

“I can do that!” I said aloud.

“Sit with your legs wide apart and the knees straight and your shoulders relaxed and down.…”

And then I sat down...and I could not do that...not much at all.

Well, pushing it to my limit, I could get my legs into about a 90 degree angle, whereas the mom and daughter looked like they were approaching 180 degrees.

I read on, “For some people this first position may be enough of a stretch in itself to begin with.”

I laughed thinking it was a stretch to even say I was doing yoga and flipped to the front of the book, where the first pose shows people just standing.

Now that, that I know I can do.

By then, David had downloaded a yoga app onto his iPad and the serious work began.

In short little videos, a woman showed how to do the poses. 

“Dang, she moves so fast! Is this why you don’t think I’ll be able to operate a Segway?” I asked.

We’re heading to Savannah soon for a wedding and I thought the “Segway of Savannah” tours I’d stumbled upon on-line looked like a lot of fun. David wasn’t interested. He said something about looking like dorks. He already tried a Segway when he did a story a few years ago on some people riding one across America. He thought I’d have a hard time operating one. “They’re kind of tricky,” he said.

He’s probably right, but there are so many interesting looking sites I’d like to visit in Savannah; doing so on a Segway seems like the best method. We could get around quickly, maximizing the number of sites we’d see and wouldn’t get tired out walking. Heck, we could use the extra time saved doing yoga.

I kept looking longingly back to the “Yoga for Children” book spread open on the couch to the Mountain pose (“Stand with your feet slightly apart and parallel. Keep your legs straight, weight on your heels, and toes spread out.…”) 

I could so do that I kept saying to myself as David tapped the iPad screen and the woman on the video whizzed through the movements of Half Moon.

“Play that again,” I said as I tried to mentally process what she had just done.

We moved through a bunch of poses...Low Lounge, Table, Greeting, Chair, Triangle, Easy Crow. With David’s guidance, I could at least attempt them. Then it started getting tricky. 

“Are you sure this is beginner yoga?” I had asked that several times already, but when the lady started doing the Tree, I figured David must be leaping ahead. I flipped to the next page in the “Yoga for Children” book and dang, wouldn’t you know it? The Tree pose was next. I don’t see how a beginner could be expected to accomplish this.

“Stand up straight as in Mountain pose.... Keep your left leg straight....take your right foot and place it high on the inside of your left thigh...”

Heck, I could barely place it low on my knee.

“...put the palms of your hand together. Slowly raise your arms above your head like tree branches.…”

Like tree branches blowing in a storm is what I looked like. 

It reminded me of a photo in my high school yearbook taken of Joanne Miceli in a musical production. Her right leg is extended perpendicular to her body, parallel to the floor and the caption reads, “What do you mean, lift the other leg?”

I think I should probably move on to a few of Dr. Oz’s other recommendations. Eat oatmeal and eggs for breakfast, don’t eat sugar, eat berries, eat fish, walk outside and get some vitamin D...I can easily handle those.

But “Go to bed by 10 p.m.”? Now, that’s a real stretch.

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