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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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Let's eat! Youngsters talk about Thanksgiving meal 2009.11.25

Written by David Green.

I might have turkey, but I‘m not sure.

 – Jacob Reinke, kindergarten

We eat turkey. Mom cooks the turkey ‘cause I might get hurt ‘cause it’s hot.

– Angelica Fuller, kindergarten

We eat turkey. You kill it first and take all the fur off. Make sure there’s no fur. Then you cook it for 49 minutes and take it out of the oven and put it on a big plate and set it on the table and then people sit at the table and we usually wait for our grandma and grandpa before we eat. When we’re all done, we go outside and play games.

– Kortney Hintz, kindergarten

I would have a turkey, deer meat, potatoes, corn, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and cranberry juice. I would stuff the turkey with bubble gum. I like fried turkey.

– Carter Nofziger, kindergarten

We eat turkey. It has stuffing and stuff inside.

– Dyannie Thompson, kindergarten

We have turkey. My dad cooks it for 30 minutes in the oven. He makes stuffing, too.

– Trey Nieman, kindergarten

I would have a turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, lemon pie and orange pop. No stuffing for the turkey. I would like fried turkey.

– Brayden Ruger, third grade

I want chicken, turkey, tatoes, carrots, cupcakes and cookies.

To cook a turkey, you put it in the oven, put salt on it and cook it for six minutes.

– Jalen Yatzek, kindergarten

We have turkey, apple pie and pumpkin pie. I help make turkey and pies. We put the turkey in a pan in the oven for 15 minutes. We cut the apples, put them in a pan, wait and then cook it for 15 minutes.

– Addie Decker, kindergarten

Turkey, pumpkin pie and apple pie. I help make pumpkin pie. My favorite is pumpkin pie.

– Skye Molitierno, kindergarten

We have turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy. My dad cooks the turkey. He takes the bag off and the wrapping off and puts it in the oven.

– Caden Holt, kindergarten

I would like turkey, corn, cottage cheese, macaroni and milk. Stuff the turkey with bread.

To cook a turkey, you take it out of the wrapper and then you pick out all the guts and then you stuff some bread in and then you cook it and then put it on for 101 for 15 minutes. And then you pick it out of the oven and then you eat it.

– Libby Rorick, kindergarten

We have turkey. It cooks for five hours.

– Jasmine Wagner, kindergarten

I would like turkey, baked corn and apple pie. I would stuff the turkey with candy. I like it baked.

– Tanner Wagner, kindergarten

I want a big turkey with stuffing, cranberry jam, my mom’s homemade strawberry jam, a whole bunch of pies, mashed potatoes, corn pudding like Liz makes, and juice and pop and water.

[How do you cook a turkey?] You would have to ask Riley Williams.

– Walker Whitehouse

We have turkey, corn, potatoes and beef jerky. My grandma and papa cook the turkey. I help put it on the tray to put on the table.

– Kaden Hutchinson, kindergarten

We have turkey, ham, cupcakes, green beans and cookies. You cook the turkey for 13 minutes in the oven.

– Tiana Sharp, kindergarten

I would have turkey and mashed potatoes. I don’t want any stuffing and I like baked turkey.

 – Jaryd White, fourth grade

We eat turkeys. I love turkeys. We also eat chicken, green beans and corn. Daddy makes the turkey. I help put on the sugar, cinnamon and lemon to make it lemon turkey. It takes eight minutes in the oven. We make apple pie after the turkey. You get lots of apples with your tractor and then bake the apple pie.

– Raven Hadsell, kindergarten

We eat turkey and pie. My mom makes the turkey. I put the juice on for my momma and I put the rub on. It cooks 30 seconds in the oven. We eat apple pie, too. I put it in the shell and put whipped cream on it.

– Alex Skelton, kindergarten

We have turkey, pumpkin pie and salad. My daddy cooks the turkey. He helps me put it in the oven for a short time. Mommy makes the salad and I get the bowl out.

– Grace Ryan, kindergarten

Maybe we’ll have some chicken or turkey and maybe green beans. My grandma cooks the turkey.

– Sierra Rowley, kindergarten

We eat turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. My mom cooks the turkey.

– Carolyn Gould, kindergarten

We have turkey, grapes and oranges. My dad cooks the turkey. He puts it in the oven for two minutes and he salts it. Pumpkin pie is my favorite.

– James Stevens, kindergarten

We’re having turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy. I would like some green bean casserole and maybe some stuffing and definitely some pumpkin pie.

If you’re going out hunting for a turkey and it’s dead, you can pluck the feathers, then chop the head off and do some other stuff that I don’t actually know.

I think you have to cook it about 24 minutes. You have to have the oven about 24°, but I’m not really for sure.

– Azaan Jarrell

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