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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.

Toilet in front means help is on the way 07.11.2007

Written by David Green.

Don’t expect to see a toilet in the front yard of John and Kathy Wickham’s home in Morenci. They have insurance for that sort of thing.

The Wickhams paid a $15 premium for Bowl Insurance to make sure it doesn’t happen during the course of a fund-raiser that started Sunday.

Money collected will go toward “Extreme Home Makeover: Our Lady of Mercy Edition.”

For the second year in a row, parish members will take a day to help out a member of the church with home rehabilitation needs.

“We have $425 already,” said Traci Maginn of Fayette, one of the organizers of the event. “We had a donation of $100. The remainder was from fear that the toilet might appear in their yard.”

She’s heard the traveling toilet will  soon be heading to her yard—an oversight on her part from failing to buy insurance.

For $5 the toilet will be removed; for $10 it will be removed and transported to the yard of the parishioner of your choice.

The group is aiming for $1,000 to buy materials for the project, but maybe less will be needed depending on donations.

This year’s makeover, scheduled Aug. 25, will focus on the Fayette residence owned by Brandi McIntosh. The home is in need of a lot of mostly minor repairs that all add up to a lot of work—particularly for a newly single mother who is putting herself through nursing school while raising three small children.

“She’s working so hard and doesn’t have the time for these things,” Traci said, “and it would be too costly to hire someone to do it.”

That’s where the Extreme Home Makeover team takes over. Last year—the first year for the project—a group of volunteers spent about 10 hours fixing up the home of another parishioner.

Traci expects a couple dozen “amateur professionals” to tackle the needs at the McIntosh home, ranging from replacement of a floor joist to finishing drywall and trim to repairing a screen door.

Guided by a statement from Ralph Waldo Emerson—“The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us”—Traci hopes that Our Lady of Mercy’s efforts will be copied by others.

“Hopefully it will be a catalyst for others to look around their communities and see what they can do,” she said.

She knows what her group can accomplish and she’s looking forward to the big day—once she gets that toilet out of her yard.

• For more information, contact Traci and Mike Maginn at 419/237-3344; Nete and Jerry VanZile at 419/237-3019; or Pat and Ron Eisel at 419/737-2163.

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