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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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2002.11.27 Have a berry, berry, Happy Thanksgiving

Written by David Green.


Have you had your cranberries yet this week? The folks at Ocean Spray are hoping so. Their website claims that 20 percent of the year’s cranberry consumption will occur during Thanksgiving week. And they’re looking to sell more, whether you care to eat them or not.

The cranberry growers cooperative has a list of “Cranberry Fun Facts” on their site, such as “Legend has it that Pilgrims served cranberries at the first Thanksgiving.” Over two hundred years of strife between Indians and settlers followed, but that can’t all be the cranberry’s fault, can it?

Or there’s the claim that “During World War II, American troops required about one million pounds of dehydrated cranberries a year.”  What the troops required them for, we can only guess.

I also learned that fresh cranberries bounce. So if you have pet hamsters, give them a few cranberries, a small backboard and basket, then sit back and watch the fun!

And finally, “If you strung all the cranberries produced in North America last year, they would stretch from Boston to Los Angeles more than 565 times.” And some people would say that’s exactly what should be done with them.

I really shouldn’t be making fun of cranberries. I have some in my refrigerator right now. And some cranberry juice as well, that I would enjoy even if their ads didn’t make me feel I’d get a urinary tract infection if I didn’t drink it.

But the Ocean Spray people obviously realize that many folks would prefer not to ingest their product as they are now offering a series of ideas  using cranberries in crafts instead of as food.

For example, the cranberry flower arrangement, where you fill a clear vase 3/4 full with cranberries, add water, then your flowers.

Or floating candles with cranberries, where again you add cranberries to your dish, then water and floating candles.

There are several other crafts and children’s projects presented, all designed to get you to buy more berries, even if you have no intention of actually consuming them.

And they still list ideas for edible gifts such as Tex-Mex Cranberry Salsa. Drink enough tequila first and you’ll never notice the cranberries.

I’ll admit, I’m not all that handy with craft projects and my culinary talents stop short of making my own salsa. But others with more expertise than I in these areas could probably have some fun with these ideas.

 Of course, some people are recognized experts at this sort of thing and are liable to get jealous when they think someone else is butting in on their territory. So, as a service to readers, I’ll leave you with the top ten signs you’re being stalked by Martha Stewart:

10. You get a threatening note made up of letters cut out of a magazine with pinking shears and they’re all the same size, the same font, and precisely lined up in razor-sharp rows.

9. You find a lemon wedge in the dog’s water bowl.

8. On her television show, she makes a gingerbread house that looks exactly like your own, right down to the licorice fallen down spout and the half-open graham cracker garage door.

7. You find your pet bunny on the stove in an exquisite tarragon, rose petal and saffron demi-glacé, with pecan-crusted hearts of palm and a delicate mint-fennel sauce.

6. The unmistakable aroma of potpourri follows you even after you’ve left the bathroom.

5. You discover that every napkin in the entire house has been folded into a turkey.

4. No matter where or what you eat, your place setting always seems to include an oyster fork.

3. Twice this week you’ve  been the victim of a drive-by doilying.

2. You wake up in the hospital with a concussion and cranberry stuffing filling your ears.

And the number one sign you’re being stalked by Martha Stewart...

1. You awaken one morning with a glue gun pointed directly at your head.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Eat your cranberries, and watch out for Martha.

    – Nov. 27, 2002 

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