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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.

Neal V. Singles Memorial 5K run results 9.26

Written by David Green.

More than 250 people participated in the second annual Neal V. Singles Memorial run and walk Sunday morning, bringing more than $3,500 to the Neal V. Singles Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Organizers would like to have seen even more participants in this year’s run, but they were impressed with the quality of those participating.

“Even though we didn’t have as large a crowd of runners, the ones who came were awesome competitors,” said Jackie Schaffner. “Some Morenci students who never competed in a running event before posted very impressive times.”

Heather Whitehouse, who coordinated the event with Schaffner and Drew Stella, was delighted with the volunteer help.

“The entire event ran smoothly with the help of literally dozens of volunteers,” she said. “It was easier this year, since so many of our workers also helped last year.”

It was the second year of beautiful running weather, also, she noted.

One thing that gives the event a unique characteristic is the breakfast served to participants.

“We can’t thank the Church of the Nazarene enough for again putting on the entire pancake breakfast,” Whitehouse said.

The breakfast is made possible in part through the donation of Darin Townsend of Bob Evans who donated the sausage.

A runner from Perrysburg, Ohio, told Schaffner that the shirt designed by Stella was one of the best he’s seen in the many runs in which he’s participated. Positive comments were also heard about the medals.

Runners ranged in age from eight to 76 and traveled from as far away as Grand Marais in the Upper Peninsula to Hurricane, W. Va.

The fastest overall times were recorded by Sally Skeels, 28, of Adrian (19:05; sixth overall) and Sam Skeels, 29, of Adrian (16:15).

11 and under: KC Clegg, 26:31.71.
12-14: John Michael Martinez, 24:37.38; Colin Smith, 26:32.12.
15-18: Billy Neri, 16:27.88; Zach Phillips, 17:37.22; Brett Merillat, 19:31.98.
19-24: Chris Holt, 20:22.56; Ruskin Tansel, 22:10.77; Jamie DeVoe, 22:27.05.
25-29: Scott Walter, 22:53.88.
30-34: Matt Carpenter, 18:25.66; Corey Borck, 29:15.12.
35-59: Tom Romanowski, 17:06.01; Matt Rupp, 22:06.06; John Rorick, 23:28.89.
40-44: John Dominique, 20:02.12; Keith Stowell, 22:24.59; Tim Pinkelman, 22:46.72.
45-49: Bob Bridges, 19:35.17; Tim Speed, 23:43.25; Douglas Curry, 29:57.73.
50-54: Dave Eichler, 21:21.67; Terry Kotalik, 21:24.48; Jim Singles, 30:14.92.
55-59: Ron Carpenter, 19:51.54; Tom MacNaughton, 20:08.10; Rich Wilkins, 22:28.97.
60-69: Jerome Tomc, 25:25.87; Jim Driskill, 34:16.44; Doyce Rupp, 46:11.67.
70 and over: Bernie Marvin, 25:15.12; Everett Luoma, 29:36.28; Ed Torrance, 44:22.35.

11 and under: Carly Truckor, 27:17.28; Madison Gleckler, 27:18.50; Darian Double, 29:35.62.
12-14: Brooke Bovee, 28:06.25; Rachel Sodergren, 28:07.79; Mercedez McCaskey, 28:12.04.
15-18: Dominique Miller, 19:53.56; Melanie Brock, 22:20.73; Haley Neri, 22:53.88.
19-24: Kayse Onweller, 24:57.20; Sarah Hoadley, 28:23.19; Ali Ries, 28:40.43.
25-29: Kristie Jones, 22:45.59; Cassey Fournier, 24:56.58; Carrie Radel, 25:21.05.
30-34: Kassandra Dominique, 22:42.13; Trina Romanowski, 24:45.17; Amy Malek, 25:27.38.
35-39: Jodi McCaskey, 23:28.89; Peggie Haywood, 26:30.08; Erin Anderson, 26:52.04.
40-44: Karen Donahue, 22:29.56; Karen Ely, 52:03.34.
45-49: Karla Bowen, 25:51.02; Kym Ries, 30:24.05; Heidi Drake, 31:07.81.
50-54: Jo Essenmacher, 24:43.70; Kathie Brock, 34:49.47.
55-59: Linda Dusseau, 49:41.97; Shirley Vandesande.
60-69: Shirley Torrance, 28:05.02; Veronica Ottinger, 38:47.50; Theresa Marvin, 39:36.65.

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