November ballot set in Fulton County 8.29

Written by David Green.

Fayette village and school district votes will have a choice to make in the Nov. 6 general election.

Three candidates filed to serve as village council members, with only two positions expiring.

Incumbents Mike Maginn and Ruth Marlatt will be joined on the ballot by Eugene Rosinski.

Mayor Anita VanZile will not face a challenger in her bid for another term in office.

Four candidates are running for three positions on the Gorham Fayette Board of Education.

Kelly Bentley chose not to seek another term, but incumbents Terry Kovar and David Brinegar will appear on the ballot. Kirk Keiser and Karen Joy King are also seeking a term on the board.

Fred Stockburger needs voter approval to continue his appointed position. He was named to the board following the resignation of Kim Winzeler, whose term will expire Dec. 31, 2009. Debra Leininger will challenge Stockburger for the post.

Area races

The only other contested races across northern Fulton County are in Royalton Township and the village of Lyons.

Brad Peebles will challenge incumbent Bill Smith for a term as Royalton Township trustee. Joe Damman will seek another term as township fiscal officer.

In Lyons, incumbents John Good and Joan Klier are seeking another term on council, along with challenger Delbert Neill. Mary Vroman is unopposed in her quest for another term as mayor.

In Gorham Township, Randy Merillat (trustee) and Mike Figgins (fiscal officer) are unchallenged.

In Franklin Township, Mark Ballmer (trustee) and John Winzeler (fiscal officer) are unchallenged.

In Chesterfield Township, Jerry Bates (trustee) and Tina Jones (fiscal officer) are unchallenged.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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