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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.

Peddlers: Just say 'No thanks' and close the door 2012.10.24

Written by David Green.

The Schwann's food man. Mormon missionaries. Asphalt pavers. Storm window sales people. Political candidates. School kids selling food and wrapping paper. The neighbor boys carrying rakes or snow shovels.

During the course of a year, a variety of peddlers will come knocking on your door offering their goods, services or beliefs. It's the American way, where people are allowed to pitch their wares.

Some of them will be considered annoying, a few will be viewed as troublesome and some might even have a criminal intent, hoping they don't get caught in the act.

Morenci city council members tried to address the shadier element and soon learned that, in the United States, you can't pick and choose who is to be allowed on your doorstep. It's unconstitutional to allow fund-raising students and keep away the TruGreen man. 

A second attempt at regulating peddlers would have required registration at city hall, but the measure gained the support of only three council members. As one councilor pointed out, any seller with illegal intentions isn't likely to sign up at city hall, and besides, the registration process would still suggest an endorsement by the city—the very thing council members were trying to avoid from the old ordinance.

The ordinance that was finally accepted on a 4-3 vote outlaws aggressive panhandling and any solicitation where a sign indicates that property owners “do not wish to have their privacy disturbed.”

If a resident experiences possible legal problems with a peddler, the police are there to help, but don't expect law enforcement to check out the legitimacy of every salesman's offer. That's not the role of the police department.

The simplest way to handle peddlers without adding more "big government" to the solution is to approach their visit the same as you handle an unwanted telephone call. Refuse their offer—politely, if possible—and close the door. Take the peddling version of the do-not-call list by posting a small "no solicitors" sign on your door. Or take the approach that many people do when they see religious peddlers on their porch—don't answer the door. They'll soon go away.

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