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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.

Officer Chad Double earns another honor 2011.07.13

Written by David Green.

chad_doubleBy DAVID GREEN

1994 Morenci graduate Chad Double wasn’t sure what he wanted to study when he first went to college, but police work was one of the possibilities in the back of his head.

By the second year of school at Eastern Michigan University, his mind was made up. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology.

Double’s police work led to a recent award from the Farmington Hills Optimist Club as the Police Officer of the Year.

After his graduation from college, Double was hired by the University of Michigan as a public safety officer, but soon joined the Farmington Hills Police Department as a cadet. He was sent to the Oakland County Police Academy and promoted to a police officer in 2003, joining the department’s road patrol.

In 2008 he was assigned to the investigative division and his work there led to the recent award. Double was involved in the investigation of a child abuse report that resulted in the arrest of the responsible person who ultimately confessed. That accomplishment led to a Unit Citation from his department.

He also received a Merit Citation for his involvement in a multi-agency investigation that was initiated by a threat complaint and culminated with the identification, charging and conviction of a subject for the death of his girlfriend.

Awards are nothing new to Double. During the presentation at the Optimist Club meeting, Farmington Hills Chief of Police Chuck Nebus mentioned that Double has been honored 12 times since joining the Department in 2001. He was awarded two merit citations, one professional service award, two citations, four unit citations, two commendations and numerous letters of appreciation from citizens. In 2009 he was named Police Officer of the Year by the local American Legion post.

“We’re very proud of Officer Double,” Chief Nebus said. “He continues to be a tremendous asset to the department. His dedication and initiative have brought a number of significant investigations to successful conclusions.”

At his high school graduation, Double received the “Against all Odds” award due to the challenges he faced. His mother, Beverly, died when he was 12 years old and his father, Paul, died when Double was 16. During the remainder of his time at home, he was raised by his grandmother, Evelyn Shadbolt.

He now lives in Westland, Mich., with his wife, daughter and step-son.

Giving assistance to others in need is what Double appreciates about his career.

“Helping people is my favorite part of this job,” he said. “It is such a great feeling knowing you have the opportunity to help when someone is depending on you.”

His promotion to the investigative unit added a new, satisfying dimension to a job he already loved.

“I enjoy being a detective and taking a case from the beginning and building it and trying to figure out what happened.”

Double said the change from small-town life in Morenci to the much larger Farmington Hills is significant.

“So many people are moving in and out of the city. It is very different than in a small town community where everybody knows everybody and they come together in times of need.”

He enjoys where he’s living and working, but he also looks back with fondness on his past.

 “I am very proud to have grown up in such a fine community as Morenci and I truly miss it,” he said.

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