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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.

2011.09.21 Used cars out there, odd résumés and all

Written by David Green.


I’m sure you’ve seen the news reports about the rising prices of used vehicles. For several reasons, the supply of good used cars isn’t as big as it used to be, while growing demand for certain types of vehicles has forced prices to higher levels.

In some cases, you might as well buy a new vehicle if you can afford it as the price for a new one often isn’t much more than a pre-owned model. The down side is you’ll miss out on the odd seller claims and backstories that come with some vehicles. If anything, the advertisements I’ve seen lately seem to be getting even stranger.

For instance, people hardly use the cliché about the car being owned by a little old lady who only drove it to church anymore. Instead, I have an ad for a 1979 Lincoln Continental that the previous owner “used for shopping and her Thursday bridge game.”

Or this 1968 Buick convertible: “Mom’s car, she drove to store/golf course until her death in 1993.” I’m not sure if this 1965 Jeep Wagoneer was owned by a man or woman, but I love the explanation for it only showing 65,000 miles: “Used only 5-6 times a year to tow jet skis and Sea-Doos.” Whether it was Grandpa’s or Grandma’s old Jeep, at least they had fun with it.

There is such a thing as making an ad too boring, such as this one for a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle, which was “owned by one family for several years.” That’s it? That’s the best thing you can say about it? And you still want $7,450?

Even worse, though, is making a statement too strange to be true. Like, say, the ad for a 1969 Chevy pickup which claims “Hop in and it will bring you back to Woodstock.” Really? I don’t think a 1969 Chevy pickup would remind me of Woodstock even if there was a Country Joe and the Fish 8-track playing in the stereo.

The supply of vehicles with “celebrity” backgrounds seems to be growing. Is anyone interested is a 1981 Zimmer “owned and driven by Liberace and on display in the Imperial Palace for years”? It even includes “Liberace signatures and memorabilia.” Only $42,900 and it’s yours.

Or if that’s too pricey, but you still want a vehicle with Las Vegas glamour, how about a “1981 Lincoln Limo, previously owned by Wayne Newton”? Only 37,000 miles, immaculate condition, and, compared to Liberace’s car, a reasonable $9,500. Start writing that check.

Not exotic enough for you? Any interest in a 1947 Rolls Royce that is said to have belonged to Yugoslavian King Peter II while he lived in exile in London? Supposedly beautiful, definitely $24,500.

Are you a movie fan? There’s even a good selection of vehicles with Hollywood connections. For instance, a 1975 Cadillac Eldorado that “has been in two movies and a Shredded Wheat commercial” is available for $29,000. Apparently, the movies weren’t good enough to mention by name. Someone else has a 1954 Chevy Bel Air used in “The Brinks Job,” with no price listed. A 1936 Auburn replica driven by Madonna in “Dick Tracy” is available for $79,995.

Want a really odd movie collectable? Someone is selling a 1941 GMC 2 and 1/2 ton 6x6 truck used in “Band of Brothers” for $25,000. It’s big enough for the whole family, as long as they don’t mind riding in the back of an open truck.

On a tight budget? A 1970 Chevy Nova that “was featured in one of Oprah’s movies which aired in 2001” is a mere $5,577. Heck, Oprah probably makes that much in an average hour.

The last one in this group is my favorite. Someone is selling a 1970 Dodge Challenger whose credits include being driven in “The Bucket List” by Jack Nicholson and the television series “NCIS” by Mark Harmon. I never saw the movie, but I see an identical car in the NCIS opening credits every week. What’s more, it’s just $26,500, a good price for a Challenger with no history at all. Out of all these celebrity and movie vehicles, it most deserves consideration.

But the most creative ad I’ve seen lately isn’t any of the aforementioned. It’s for a 1975 Pontiac Trans Am and says, “watch that shaker hood twist from all the torque when you punch the gas and you’ll know this is a fire-breathing piece of American history.” I have to say that whoever came up with that line is wasting their talent just doing car ads. Someone having that much imagination should be writing for the movies. Has there ever been a movie about car ads?

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