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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.

Gardener's Grapevine 2012.11.14

Written by David Green.

This week as we move closer to Thanksgiving, let’s think of everything in our lives we have to be thankful for.

We still live in a great country with the ability to free think. I am especially thankful that one of my family members made it through a major and serious surgical procedure last week. I am thankful for all the vegetables that were plentiful to my family this summer and are put up in the pantry for winter. I am also thankful for all the people who tell me they enjoy this column. I’d like to say thank you for the support.

With all the things in my life I am thankful for, let’s talk this week about preparing for your day of thankfulness. Most people prepare a big meal or share in one. If you are the gardener in the family or just someone who enjoys a nice centerpiece, it is easy and very inexpensive to make one on your own. I know many of you are saying, “No way, I can’t do that.”

To begin, think about what you have on hand. Do you have candles, a large bowl or a favorite fall figurine? Just about anything can be worked in. Take a tour around your yard to see what you have left such as ornamental grass, sticks, holly bush cuttings, pine cones, thistles, cattails, evergreen trimmed from a tree.

Here are a few ideas:

Take a large bowl, put a pillar candle or candle stick with a tall taper in the middle, fill around the candle with pine cones.

Use a tall vase, a globe from a candle holder or any tall object that can hold something upright and put whatever you are using in the upright container, and mix it up anyway you want. Tie a wire-edged ribbon around the container in a bow. 

Another quick option is to lay some evergreen boughs in the center of the table, tuck pillar candles (they can be different heights) into the boughs randomly and add some pine cones or holly clippings randomly. If you like and can tie basic ribbon bows, tuck some in wherever it suits you.

See even the folks working in a flower shop are putting together what they have as their idea of an attractive arrangement. You have the advantage when it is for your own table in that you don’t have to make it so anyone can carry or transport it. Once you have it like you want, set the table and enjoy. What have you got to lose in trying? You can always ditch it and start over or purchase something. Using what is available keeps you “green” and is a reminder to everyone to be thankful for all you have been given. Appreciating family friends and blessings keeps all of us humble.

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