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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.

2009.12.02 Judy Whaley: Frustrated with America's leaders

Written by David Green.

I have gotten so frustrated by the things going on in America. But what can one do here in the Fayette/Morenci area? Christians can pray every day for America.

I have listened to TV and radio programs about how America was born through our founding fathers and their faith in God. Our children are no longer being taught in school the who, what and why of our country. Do people realize that Thanksgiving Day was actually created as a spiritual holiday? For most, the celebration has taken over the reason for the day, much the same way as it has for Christmas.

I read an article the other day by the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, and it says it all. He started out by saying immigrants have to adapt to Australians. He is tired of his country worrying about whether immigrants (individuals or culture) are being offended. The culture in Australia has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.

He goes on to say that in Australia they speak English and if you want to be a part of Australian society you have to learn to speak English. The article said that most Australians believe in God and that this is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women founded their nation on Christian principles, which is clearly documented. They can display it on the walls of their schools.

He feels if God offends you, then you should consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is a part of the culture there. If you don’t like their flag, their pledge, their Christian beliefs or their way of life, he encourages you to use another Australian freedom—that of the right to leave.

Why can’t our leaders in our government take a similar stand on these issues? Why have we gotten so far away from that which America was founded and why?

Wake up, America! We need to take our country back to the principles on which it was founded.

Please pray for America.

– Judy Whaley

County Road N, Fayette

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