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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.

2012.10.12 The naked truth about wardrobe guidelines

Written by David Green.


It’s Friday night...after 2 a.m. so it’s really Saturday and I am doing laundry. In the basement. The place I never go at night. Only...I have been going down there lately late in the night. 

You might recall I did so to wash Rosie and Caroline’s clothes the night before they flew back to Baton Rouge. And nothing bad in no bats made their silent swoop in my general direction.

It was good practice since I am leaving in the morning—Saturday morning, for Portland, to participate in the Pushing the Limits workshop for the pilot program the library will host next year—and I needed to wash a few more things (Yes, this is way too last minute even for me.).

I’m thinking this is going to be a very nerve-wracking experience, but also a very fun time.

First, when the producer e-mailed asking all the librarians participating to fill out an appearance release form, she also asked us to send a bio and a photo of ourselves.

She gave a sample:

“I'll start...the following is a photo of me taken at a Christmas party.”

She asked for it around the time of the Labor Day Bridge Walk and the only recent photo I had was the one David took of me at the walk, dressed as a chicken (Remember? We invited everyone to dress as an animal with a tail to go along with the “Animal Tales” theme for this year’s Prime Time series).

So, I sent the chicken photo and this note:

“Attached is a photo taken of me at a community event...all in a day's work for a rural library director. (I'll send you a normal one soon.)”

And then I got a little nervous...maybe I was pushing the limits of professionalism. But her e-mails had been light-hearted, friendly, and personable, and her response allayed my fears.

“Hi Colleen,

Oh man, that was so unexpected—thanks for the real good belly laugh—great way to start the day!”

Then, the production coordinator e-mailed to introduce herself and said this was “a very small world moment.” She said she went to MSU with my son Ben and that she and Faye VanderHoff are very good friends. “...when I saw your name on our roster and that you were from Morenci, I asked her if she knew you. And of course she does! Isn't that crazy?!”

Later, she e-mailed wardrobe guidelines. Among them:

• Please abstain from wearing busy, loud patterned prints, including stripes and checkered shirts or dresses. 

• Solid jewel tones work the best on camera (amethyst purple, ruby red, emerald green, topaz yellow,  tourmaline green, turquoise, and blue) as do solid earth tones (rust orange, earth brown, hunter green) 

• Solid white and primary red however are no-no's (but cream/ecru and burgundy/magenta is okay). 

• Because there will be microphones on your table that pick up not only your voices but also the noise your clothes make, we ask that you please wear soft fabrics (e.g. cotton, linen, wool, etc.) and avoid crisp fabrics (tulle, raw silk, etc.)

• Jewelry, please do not wear bracelets, large necklaces or noisy dangling earrings. Jewelry clanking, like noisy fabrics will be picked up by the microphones. 

“So, black is OK?” I asked. I had Googled wardrobe guidelines and black was on the NO list.

“I like your list better than the ones I came across in which pastels ruled. (I worried that we would all look like an Easter basket.)”

“Black pants or a black skirt would be fine,” she advised, “but we do encourage people to stay away from the Johnny Cash look (entire black wardrobe) because solid black does not read well on camera.”

Today, I started to worry about make-up so I e-mailed her again.

“I don’t normally wear make-up and when I do (weddings of my children, 35th high school reunion) it’s my daughters or Sephora putting it on me. I’m not philosophically opposed to it or anything, but I’m pretty inept. I’m assuming you’ll want us to wear some for the filming...if so, is there someone on your crew who applies it for the make-up challenged? If not, I will muddle through.”

“We do not have an official make-up person on hand, but don't worry at all,” she said. “We may do touch-ups for 'shinyness,’ but other than that we want you to appear as your normal selves! If you don't normally wear make up, then no need to go to Sephora before the conference. We want you to be comfortable.”

They better have a lot of make-up handy. Perhaps the only way I’ll make it through all the guidelines is to walk in naked.

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