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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.

2007.08.22 David Blesing

Written by David Green.

It’s 10 a.m. Friday morning, Aug. 17, 2007. A group of people is assembled in the yard of a home on State Route 120, in Fulton County, close by the Chesterfield factory dairy. The purpose of this assemblage is to attempt to seek a solution to the factory dairy’s having depleted neighbors’ water supplies.

Included in this group is a representative of the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture, representatives of The Dragun Corp., an engineering company out of Farmington, Mich., a young lady from the Fulton County Health Dept., and several neighbors/citizens of Fulton County. The plan is to set up a monitoring program of water wells on the factory’s property and wells on neighbors’ properties in order to bring to an end the negative impact that has been occurring to the citizens’ water supplies. This is a situation that I have been observing and documenting for over a year now.

During a lull in the monitoring plan discussion, a non-neighbor/citizen of Fulton County whom I will refer to as “Mr. E.” started to rag on me, and rag on me he did. He went on for quite a while and I could hardly get a word in edgewise, which is probably just as well. Apparently Mr. E. feels that I should not be concerned with the rights and well-being of my rural friends and neighbors, and that I should not be interfering with operations of the factory dairy when they infringe on the rights and well-being of my friends and neighbors. I will not go into the specifics of what was said, as much of it is unprintable anyway.

I will take this opportunity to respond to Mr. E. and all who may read this. I understand now that there may be rumors floating around out there that are based on a great deal of “the excrement of bull,” a phrase coined by Mr. Daily, past director of the ODA.

I do support family farms.

I do not support factory farms and their ilk.

I do support sustainable agriculture.

I do not not support industrial agriculture where you have 1,750 cows on 80 acres of land,

I will continue to monitor, document, and report findings that have a negative impact on my friends and neighbors and our communities.

I will continue to work with others in our community, our state, and/or country to support family farms and sustainable agriculture.

– David L. Blesing, Sr.
Citizen U.S.A.
Fulton County, Ohio

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