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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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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.
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Sports Round-up 7.30

Written by David Green.

BMX: Morenci’s BMX track at Wakefield Park will serve as the host site a 700 point BMX race weekend Thursday, Aug. 7, through Sunday, Aug. 10.

Single point races are scheduled Aug. 7 and 8. Registration is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. both nights and the cost is $8 a rider. Races will begin as soon as possible, after registration is completed.

A Michigan State Championship qualifying race with double points is scheduled Saturday. Registration is from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $20 a rider.

A Redline Cup qualifier with triple points is scheduled on Sunday. Registration is from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $30 a rider. Open class registration costs $10 per rider.

For more information, call 517/458-7094 or 458-6302 or visit

Boosters: The Morenci Athletic Boosters will meet at 7 p.m. Monday to organize for the new school year. The meeting is planned in the high school library.

Agenda items include discussing the organization’s budget, looking at scheduling needs and general organizing for the year.

Parents of Morenci athletes are encouraged to attend, along with anyone with an interest in Morenci school athletics.

Bowling: Want to give bowling a try — for free?

Funded in part by the Michigan State USBC Bowling Association, five bowling alleys in Lenawee County will participate in an open house program this weekend.

From 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, anyone can stop in for two free games of bowling, including free shoe rental. Additional games can be purchased when time and space allows.

Children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

In addition to Mor-N-C Lanes, other participating alleys include Rich Lanes in Blissfield, Hudson Lanes, Ten Pin Alley in Tecumseh and Lenawee Recreation in Adrian.

5K: The Dennis Donahue Memorial Trot for a Track 5K run started big in 2006 and grew a little bigger last year. Organizers are hoping for even more runners and walkers this year.

The third annual run is scheduled at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 at the Lyons ball park, with the one-mile fun walk following at 9:15.

The first year of the event brought in $32,000 for the Evergreen Athletic Boosters and their effort to help pay for the new track at the high school.

Last year, $26,000 was raised in addition to a $10,000 donation that brought the total to $36,000.

The Boosters’ goal, Karen Donahue said, is to contribute a total of $125,000.

More than 500 participants registered for the race and walk last year, she said.

In addition to the run, there are raffles, a 50/50 drawing, refreshments and other activities.

Early registration—through Aug. 10—costs $15. After that, the fee rises to $20.

For on-line registration and other information, visit or send an e-mail to [email protected]

Fayette: Practices for fall sports teams gets underway Monday for Fayette athletes.

 • Golf—High school golf participants should meet at the track, with their clubs, at 8 a.m. Monday.

• Volleyball—Junior varsity and varsity volleyball players should meet at the new school at 7:30 a.m. Monday. Junior high players should meet at 8:30 a.m. at the new school. All players should use the high school entrance.

• Cross country—Junior high and varsity runners should meet at Harrison Lake at 4:15 p.m. Monday.

Summer Ball: The Morenci Summer Ball Program officers have scheduled a meeting for coaches and anyone interested in the program at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. Baseball and softball coaches are encouraged to attend.

Coaches who have not turned in their ball equipment should do so at this meeting.

Topics of discussion will include closing out the 2008 season and planning for the 2009 season.

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