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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.

Council OKs more EMS support

Written by David Green.

When the City of Morenci took over ownership of the local ambulance service late in 2001 and financial assistance was obtained from the townships, no one knew for certain how the effort would turn out.

“It might sound strange, but when we were putting it together, it was just everybody’s guess,” council member Keith Pennington said at Monday’s meeting.

The financial pledges from the city and townships combined with revenue from the services provided might be enough to cover costs or they might fall short of what was needed.

There’s been no increase in the assessments charged to residents in the seven years of coverage, Pennington noted, so the initial guesswork was close.

However, as costs increase, the break-even margin gets slimmer and slimmer.

Pennington reported to council Monday of a request by the Morenci Area EMS Advisory Board for financial help in paying off a $15,000 line of credit used for short-term needs.

The fund is often used while waiting for Medicare reimbursement.

The loan account is generally near the maximum allowed, he said, and the board wants to pay it off and start fresh.

Payment is based on a formula that takes into account how many household units are served. Morenci’s share of the cost would be $8,296. Seneca and Medina township officials already paid their portions.

An alternative would be to increase the annual payment each government unit makes, but for Morenci, that couldn’t be done until next May when there’s an opportunity to alter the assessment. The assessment can be increased up to 10 percent a year without a vote from residents.

Audience member Matt Woznicki asked if the shortfall indicated that too many employees are hired by the EMS service or whether another community is needed to participate.

Mayor Russ Sutherland answered that involvement by another community would be beneficial since the success of the service is based on the number of ambulance runs. No other nearby community is willing to join in.

“The problem isn’t something that came up this year,” Pennington said. “It’s been building.”

“The funding formula and the agreement for subsidies have been in place since the beginning,” Pennington said after the meeting. “We are just fulfilling our obligations that we agreed to from the start.”

If there were an excess of cash in the ambulance fund, the city and townships would also share in a refund.


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