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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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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.
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Unique gifts from area stores 2007.11.28

Written by David Green.


You’re probably looking for a doo-rag and figuring you’ll have to make a trip to Adrian or Toledo.

No so fast. That special person on your shopping list can be taken care of right here in Morenci.

Head up the road from Wakefield Park to Morenci Marathon and you’ll find a selection of doo-rag head gear, including one model with a Confederate flag pattern.

If a doo-rag wasn’t on anyone’s Christmas list, you might want to pencil it in. It’s a unique gift to be enjoyed by many.

There’s much more than this to be found in Morenci and Fayette stores. You’ll probably be surprised if you look around.

Morenci Marathon, Morenci Deli and Fayette’s Circle K store are all excellent sources of stocking stuffer material. Bike bells to ward off evil spirits, huge selections of beef and ham jerky, the biggest selection of candies, and, of course, a lottery ticket or two. Don’t forget to add a note on the card about sharing the winnings.

Hardware stores are packed with unusual items. Did you know pet nail trimmers are available at both Johnson’s Hardware in Morenci and D&R Hardware in Fayette?

A do-it-yourselfer might appreciate a cake of beeswax to lubricate screws before driving them in. There’s a large selection of Maglite flashlights and back-saver snow shovels with the curved handles.

Start your young builder off with a kid’s carpentry set, then add a kit to build a wooden toolbox, birdhouse or message board. D&R has a new shipment of Dickies work coats, too.

Across the street from Johnson’s at Mike’s Pharmacy, there are plenty of stocking stuffer ideas, including gel pens, Metallic Markers and hand-held calculators.

Someone on your list might enjoy a manicure set, a home haircutting kit or a travel bag for toiletries.

Down the street at Don’s Sporting Goods, Don Glasser has a selection of hand-made fishing rods just waiting for the ice to form on area lakes. He also has his own line of DogLeg lures and cribbage set that he crafted. If the family needs a new board game, pick up a set of Whitetailopoly.

Take a drive east for Morenci’s toy headquarters, the Dollar General store. Pick up some kitchenware for the cook in the house or get a good price on DVDs for the movie fan. And don’t forget a bottle of sparkling cider for the whole family to enjoy.

Back to the west, at Borchardt Brothers Market, there’s always the traditional fruit basket or meat and cheese tray, but they’re also eager to please with the non-traditional variety. How about a fruit basket that includes a six-pack of beer? They’ve filled that request in the past.

A poinsettia plant makes a good pre-Christmas gift, and don’t overlook the light-up Christmas card holders. You’ll probably want one of those for yourself.

Travel on up Main Street and head down Salisbury to Morenci Building Supply. It’s not a traditional Christmas shopping venue, but there could be someone on your shopping list who would love one of the tools off their clearance table.

Another Fayette store to mention is the Village Florist toward the west end of town. You’re bound to find unique items that aren’t available anywhere else in the area, ranging from large outdoor angels to decorative wind chimes.

Be sure to see the welcome signs by Design Port. They can be suspended on a metal stand or hung on the side of your house. There’s also a large selection of Demdaco figurines.

While in Fayette, stop in at Parker’s Corners, the annual sale of locally-crafted items in Opera House. It’s a good place for one-of-a-kind gifts, from baby items to jewelry to wreaths. The store is open from 2 to 8 p.m. Fridays and from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.

Because the word “unique” was used early in the story, we’ve saved Dunbar Furniture for last.

Where did all this stuff come from?

“From everywhere,” says owner Duane Dunbar.

A fur coat, a coal shovel, toys and a jock strap. Antiques such as a Boss skirt marker or R.S. Prussia dishes.

For that extra special musician, there’s even an old accordian complete with carrying case.

“I had three, now I’m down to one,” Duane said.

Better hurry in for the last one.

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