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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.

Bonnie bids farewell to post office

Written by David Green.


Bonnie Zuvers has watched a lot of postmasters take their oath of office during her nearly 33 years on the job at the Morenci Post Office. post_office

“I’ve been meaning to sit down and count them,” she said last Thursday on the day before her retirement. “At least a dozen of them have come and gone.”

Bonnie was hired by Oliver “Cy” Stahl in 1970 to work as a part-time mail sorter on Saturdays. Gradually, more and more hours were added and eventually she began working at the counter.

She served as the Officer in Charge at Clayton in 1979 and took the same position in Morenci after Ruth Baird left and then again during other breaks between postmasters.

She’s also served as a substitute carrier for Morenci’s two city routes, and she got a brief taste of that life again over the summer.

“I filled in a couple of months ago and I didn’t really like it,” she said.

Walking the city with mail is something for a younger person, she decided.

She never did serve as a rural carrier, except the one day a carrier’s car broke down and Bonnie was chosen to drive the route—but only as a chauffeur. The regular carrier still handled the delivery.

“There were some ups and down,” she said, “but it’s been a good career.”

She’s seen several changes over the decades, particularly in the move to computer based administrative record-keeping. It was 13 years ago that the old scale for weighing packages was moved over to a shelf at the side and the new computerized scales went into service.

That made work easier, but she doesn’t see that all the changes are for the better. For example, a new phone system is planned that connects all the post offices by an 800 number. Calls won’t go to the local office and Bonnie sees a loss of personal contact coming.

For her, it’s the personal contact that gives the job its appeal.

“I watched generations grow,” she said. “I know which kids belong to who and I’ve kept contact with a lot of old friends. I will miss the people.”

Instead, she’s going to turn her attention to home projects that she’s put off and she’s also going to put some emphasis on quilt making.

Eventually, she figures it will be time to head back out into the working world with a part-time job. After all, her husband, Merlin, isn’t yet ready to retire and she knows she’s still going to wake up early every workday morning.

    – Nov. 5, 2003 

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