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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.

Dan Long battling leukemia 2010.05.26

Written by David Green.

dan_long.jpgThings were looking up for Morenci’s Dan Long.

He completed training as a dog groomer, bought a building downtown and opened a grooming service.

That was late February. Shortly after he opened the business—and on his birthday, no less—he was diagnosed with acute lymphocystic leukemia (ALL). Three days later he started chemotherapy.

“My life turned upside down very quickly,” Dan said.

ALL generally strikes children, such as Kellen Keiser of Fayette. The victim’s bone marrow develops an abnormal white blood cell that crowds out the healthy cells. The risk of infection grows, and that’s what has kept Dan out of his new business.

“My doctor said she can treat human diseases, but doesn’t know how my body might react to an animal disease.”

He’s experiencing a lot of fatigue and some nausea from the oral chemotherapy, also, which would make working difficult.

Chemo can put the cancer in remission, but not necessarily for good. That’s where a bone marrow transplant comes into play and Dan is now on the national registry with hopes of receiving a transplant at the Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit.

Anyone interested in becoming a marrow donor should speak to Dan or visit the national registry website.

“It would not only help me,” he said, “but anyone else who has an autoimmune disorder or other forms of cancer.”

Dan intends to muster the strength to complete a speaking engagement at the Auburn Hills Relay for Life event Saturday, then return to Morenci for a special event in his honor—a fund-raiser at Morenci Skateland to collect donations for the Long family.

It’s going to be a long day, Dan said, but he says he will be at the party.

The “Donations for Dan” benefit concert is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Morenci Skateland. Various activities are planned in addition to the performances that get underway at 3 p.m.

DJ John Phenomenon will provide music and performances are scheduled by HiZe, Born in Rough Days Entertainment and Dem Ohio Boyz. There will also be a return visit from Universal Records recording artist J-Billz.

A $5 fee will be charged and donations will be taken throughout the day.

DINNER—The Longs will benefit from a second event scheduled June 5 at the Morenci Sportsman’s Club on Mulberry Road.

A $5 all-you-eat spaghetti dinner will begin at 5 p.m., followed by entertainment starting at 8 p.m.

A 50/50 drawing, raffles and an auction are planned, as well as tarot card readings and live entertainment. Raffle prizes include a large-screen television and Sauder furniture.

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