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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.

Aubrey Stover presents research paper 5.29

Written by David Green.


When a patient fails to show up for a physical therapy appointment, what’s behind the reason for the no-show?

That’s a question Morenci graduate Aubrey Stover examined with her fellow student and research partner, Alyson Parks.

For their senior project at Central Michigan University’s athletic trainer and sports medicine program, the pair surveyed patients during their three-month internships, and they came up with some findings that could be of use to others in the field.

Their presentation, titled “A Comparative Analysis of Patient Compliance vs. Noncompliance Rated During Rehabilitation,” was given at the department’s research symposium aubrey.stover.jpgMay 2.

Patients at two clinics were interviewed about their attendance at appointments and their compliance with therapy techniques during treatment.

Some reasons for missed appointments are beyond the therapy staff’s control, such as illness and weather. Other factors, such as forgetting and the state of pain, can be addressed.

The students discovered that patient satisfaction is a key in achieving compliance. A kind and encouraging therapist and an office in which patients are seen promptly both make a big difference in how patients respond to treatment.

Although their sample of patients was small, the researchers found a nine to one ratio of attendance regularity when patients paid for their own care compared to those who had complete coverage by their employer.

More than 40 percent of the patients said they would pay for the therapy themselves if coverage wasn’t provided, although they weren’t told the typical cost of the service.

Stover and Parks concluded that satisfaction among patients could be increased by allowing them to meet with the same therapist for every visit and by better tailoring the therapy to individual needs.

They also recommended increased hours of operation for offices to better meet the needs of working individuals.

Missed appointments and non-compliance in therapy adversely affect the patient, they said, but it also can have a negative effect on clinics, insurance companies and the health care industry.

The pair gave conclusions, offered recommendations and gave suggestions for future research—and their efforts resulted in a high rating from the professor.

“I was excited that we got a good grade,” said Stover, who now has a bachelor’s degree  in athletic training and sports medicine.

She’s scheduled to take her certification examination next month, but she’s not going to stop there.

“I learned during my internship that I like physical therapy better than working as an athletic trainer.”

That means two more years of schooling. Stover hopes to be accepted into the physical therapy assistant program at Owens Community College to add one more certification to her name.

• Aubrey is the daughter of Roger and Barb Stover of Morenci.

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