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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.

Jeff Vereecke to head First Federal's Northern Market 12.19

Written by David Green.

Adrian isn’t quite home for Morenci native Jeff Vereecke, but it’s getting close. When he takes charge of the Bank of Lenawee’s nine offices next year, he’ll have the feeling that he’s coming home.

With the October acquisition of the Bank of Lenawee’s holdings by First Federal, Vereecke was promoted from executive vice president of First Federal’s retail banking to president of the bank’s Northern Market.

“I’ll be putting a lot of miles on,” Vereecke said about the territory soon to be within his oversight.

In addition to the Bank of Lenawee offices in Adrian, First Federal will assume  ownership of offices in Tecumseh, Hudson, Morenci and Hillsdale. First Federal offices in Montpelier, Bryan and Wauseon, Ohio, are also part of the Northern Market. The Bank of Lenawee Waldron office will be closed when First Federal takes over in March.

Vereecke has made a career out of working with First Federal. Not long after earning a finance degree from Grand Valley State University, he took a job in the banking company’s credit department in 1984.

After 10 years in the lending department, he was promoted to senior vice president and chief lending officer. In 1998 he was promoted to executive vice president of retail banking.

“I’ve spent 23 years with First Federal,” Vereecke noted, “half of my life.”

Vereecke is the only First Federal employee from the main office heading north through the acquisition. He said Bank of Lenawee clients should expect the same customer service as before, along with some new products such as wealth management, insurance and investment options.


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