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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.

Wind turbines: Make a visit before you vote 2012.07.11

Written by David Green.

How could anyone not like a wind turbine?

That’s often the opening sentence in articles that are about to point out reasons not to like them. 

It’s a good question because the concept of “free” energy from the natural source of wind is a very attractive one. Day after day, the wind keeps blowing—well, most days—and a turbine continues to churn out electricity with little human intervention.

It seems that most people find a spinning turbine attractive. We’ve talked to people who love to watch Fayette’s school turbine in action. The blades spinning up against the blue sky, a low whooshing sound as the turbines make their rounds—what is there not to like?

You don’t have to dig too deep to learn there are people who don’t like living near wind turbines. Life near the so-called industrial wind turbines simply isn’t a pleasant experience for many people.

What makes the issue so contentious is that the unpleasant experience is a very subjective matter. What one person considers a background noise to grow accustomed to, another person finds incredibly annoying. The latter doesn’t see it as something to get used to, but instead as something that invaded their life. Some people can actually “feel” the low frequency noise that’s sometimes emitted. Another neighbor will have no idea what they’re talking about.

A meeting two weeks ago at the Legion home didn’t produce any information favorable to wind farm development, nor was it intended to. The speakers were from a group calling for larger setbacks between a turbine and a home owned by someone who didn’t lease land for a wind farm.

Visit a wind farm—that’s the suggestion made by more than one person at the meeting. Seneca Township residents will vote Aug. 7 to decide if the existing wind farm ordinance is sufficient or if it needs to be changed.

Don’t go only as far as Fayette, because the school turbine measures about 180 feet from the ground to the top of an upright blade. Head southwest toward Paulding or north to mid-Michigan and take a look at the turbines that are more than twice as tall. 

Spend some time in the area, talk to residents who like them and those who don’t like them. Read through some information about health effects and see what you think. Then you’ll be ready to cast your vote.

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