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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.

2012.08.01 Diane Molitierno: Industrial turbines not green or cheap

Written by David Green.

All of last week’s letters to the editor mentioned “windmills.” This debate is not about scenic wooden windmills out behind the barn in a field of clover. I am concerned about having a massive wind turbine in my back yard, a gigantic piece of machinery that could have a very negative impact on my family’s health and well-being.

Throughout the debates I have often heard that those of us “anti’s” (a more correct term would be people interested in stricter regulations) only spout the negative effects of the turbines. I would love to hear the positive elements, but no one in favor of the loose regulations is giving me anything, nor is my research.

I went to the informational meeting at the American Legion last month. I was told that there was a representative from the wind company, members of the Seneca Township Board, and members of the planning commission were all present. Wouldn’t that have been a great opportunity to give some benefits of the turbines, assuming there are any? That resounding silence leads me to come to the conclusion that perhaps the only benefit is financial, for the owners of large plots of land and to the windmill companies.  

With an earth science degree and a law degree, I feel like I might have a bit of a “leg up” when it comes to researching and understanding some of the aspects of this issue. Without re-hashing everything that has been said, here is a simplified version that I believe from my research of the issue:

• These turbines are not “green.”

• They are not clean.

• They are not cheap. We will not save anything on our utility bills, but likely pay more and  suffer from lower home values.

• They depend on rather than replace the need for fossil fuels.

• They pose potential health and financial risks to nearby home owners. This risk could be cured with stricter regulations. These include greater distance from homes and property lines, regulation of run time to reduce flicker, and noise level limits.

I encourage Seneca Township voters to vote NO to the proposed wind ordinance, not to prevent the presence of the turbines, but to require our township board to write a safer ordinance that protects its residents. I can’t imagine what should be more important to our board than the safety and well-being of the township residents.

– Diane Molitierno

Morenci Road, Morenci

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