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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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Battle of Thistle Ridge 7.18

Written by David Green.

A wet chemise contest?

That ought to attract a few new guests to this year’s Thistle Ridge Civil War event in Fayette this weekend.

It’s true, says Jana Beaverson, an organizer of the annual reënactment event, women will compete in a wet chemise contest at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, but she’s not saying ahead of time just how the competition will proceed.  You’ll have to come and see.

There are several other events on the schedule to offer amusement, such as the frying pan toss at 10:30 Saturday morning and the speed shooting contest at 11, when participants match their skills at firing and reloading muzzleloaders.

A kids’ drill is scheduled in the afternoon where kids can choose a wooden replica gun from a crate of play weapons and practice marching drills.

A vintage baseball game is scheduled, with the Wood County Infirmary Inmates taking on a pickup team among the visiting soldiers.

A baked goods auction is on the agenda Saturday afternoon. Beaverson will bake gingerbread following Mrs. Robert E. Lee’s recipe and pies will be baked in Dutch ovens over campfires.

Don Stiriz’s copper kettle will be transported to the battle site for soup as Beaverson cleans out her freezer. Ladies from the 21st Ohio Civilian Reënactors will feed troops throughout the weekend.

It’s a growing event, Beaverson said. The first year drew only about 35 soldiers and last season’s group numbered just over 50.

As of Saturday, said Tom Spiess, another organizer, the fourth annual battle this year has 95 registered from seven reënactment groups.

Battles will represent the Miller Cornfield fight at Antietam and the Hornet’s Nest event at the Battle of Shiloh.

The original 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry drew residents from this part of the state, Beaverson said, as Pres. Lincoln called for troops after the firing on Fort Sumner. The volunteers served a 90-day commitment before returning home. Many ended up reënlisting.

• The Thistle Ridge events are scheduled in the fields and woods north of the swimming pool and water treatment plant in Fayette.



10:30 a.m. – Frying Pan Toss

11:00 a.m. – Speed shooting contest

11;30 a.m. – Wet Chemise Contest

1:00 p.m. – Officers meeting

2:00 p.m. – Battle of Antietam-Cornfield

2:30 p.m. – Baked Goods Auction (under tent)

Kids drill with 21st OVI

3:00 p.m. – Guest speakers Don and Diane Allison (under tent)

3:30 p.m.—Kids drill and receive Muster papers

4:00 p.m. – Vintage Baseball Game featuring Wood County Infirmary Inmates

5:00 p.m. – Camp closed to public


9:30 a.m.—Camp open to public

10:30 a.m.—Church services (under tent)

1:00 p.m. – Officers meeting

2:00 p.m. – Battle of Shiloh - Hornet’s Nest

3:00 p.m. – Kids drill by 21st OVI

4:00 p.m. – Camp closed

The Thistle Ridge Reenactment is planned rain or shine. The public is invited to visit, observe and learn about an important period in our nation’s history.

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