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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.

2010.01.20 Kim Quist: Vote against recall

Written by David Green.

From 1984 until 2000, I was the Seneca Township Deputy Clerk. I was elected Clerk in 2000. I am proud to have served the township residents for 24 years. I chose not to run in 2008.  I was pleased to endorse and vote for Allison Ott. She is a very highly qualified, professional individual.  

Since the newly elected township board has been in office, I have been dismayed by some of their actions.   Each member is given a book detailing the rules and responsibilities for that office, along with a township zoning ordinance book. It is the responsibility of each member to familiarize themselves with those books.  Unfortunately, it often falls to the clerk and supervisor to make sure all the regulations are followed properly.  Sometimes that does not make those offices very popular.  

Last year, before the new board took over, a special use permit was issued to Dayna Cordts for a daycare at her new home on Weston Road in Seneca Township. The details of that permit were completely clear and were accompanied by a letter from the township attorney.  Mrs. Cordts had six months from the time of issuance of that permit to construct a fence around her property. The permit was signed by both Mrs. Cordts and the members of the Planning Commission. That should have been the end of the story.  However, Mrs. Cordts did not abide by that permit. Instead, she allowed the permit’s timeframe to lapse and at another Planning Commission meeting, insisted the permit did not apply to her.      

Allison Ott upheld the Seneca Township Zoning Ordinance as it is written. There is a lengthy procedure necessary to amend an ordinance, requiring multiple public hearings.

The Planning Commission cannot make any changes to an ordinance at their meetings.  

Monthly township board meetings are a public forum in which complaints and problems may be addressed, but not to the detriment of the business which must be conducted. When a motion is made and seconded, a vote must ensue immediately.  At that point, discussion is over and the vote is a matter of public record. Instead, the debate was allowed to continue, creating the environment in which Mrs. Cordts claims the clerk and treasurer were rude and disrespectful.

Allison Ott should not be recalled. I urge all registered voters to vote NO on this recall.            

- Kim Quist

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