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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 8.20

Written by David Green.

DONAHUE RUN—Early registration has closed for annual Dennis Donahue Memorial Trot for a Track 5K, but runners and walkers are still welcome to sign up on race day.

A limited quantity of T-shirts will be available on race day.

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

More than 500 participants registered for the race and walk last year when $36,000 was raised for Evergreen Athletic Boosters’ project to help pay for the new running track at the high school.

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

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SINGLES RUN—The third annual Neal Singles 5K run is scheduled Sept. 21 at Morenci Area High School and early registration continues through Sept. 10.

 The event serves as a fund-raiser for Neal V. Singles Memorial Scholarship Fund.

As in the past, a pancake and sausage breakfast will be served to participants by volunteers from the Morenci Church of the Nazarene and custom medals will be awarded to the top three males and females in 13 age divisions.

The cost of the 5K run is $15 if registered before Sept. 10. After that, the price increases to $18. Registration for the one-mile fun run/walk costs $10 in advance and $12 on race day.

Those who pre-register will receive a commemorative T-shirt. There will be limited availability of shirts on race day.

Organizers of the event are seeking door prizes and sponsorship support from area businesses and individuals.

For more information, contact Jackie Schaffner at 517/458-6025 or [email protected] or Heather Whitehouse at 517/458-1703 or [email protected]

HOLE IN ONE—A Morenci teacher is the latest golfer to score a hole in one at DeMor Hills Golf Course.

Matt Bostick scored an ace on hole number four Friday morning. He used a five iron on the 165-yard hole.

Bostick was golfing with Mike McDowell, Rich Tavernic and Larry Snabely.

FREE BOWLING LESSONS—Looking to sharpen your bowling skills?

Mor-N-C Lanes is participating in a nation-wide bowling promotion by offering two sessions of free bowling lessons.

Help will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26. The lessons are open to bowlers of any age.

Bowlers are also invited to help set a world record on Aug. 30, for the most games bowled in a day around the world. Participants will receive a certificate of participation.

For more information or to sign up for free lessons, call Mor-N-C Lanes at 458-2260.

BOOSTERS TO MEET—The Morenci Athletic Boosters will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, in the high school library.

Officers will be nominated and fund raisers will be discussed during the meeting. Volunteers are needed to run concession stands, take tickets, and sell Bulldog apparel and 50/50 raffle tickets.

Parents of school athletes and any community members interested in the school athletic program are encouraged to attend.

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