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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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Top runners named in Donahue 5K in Lyons 7.27

Written by David Green.

Participation remained strong in the third annual Dennis Donahue Memorial “Trot for a Trot” run/walk Sunday in Lyons.

Total registrations came in at 520, said organizer Karen Donahue, and more than 400 people showed up to participate.

The top three male runners were Zach Phillips of Morenci (17:32), Curtis Farnsel (18:17) and Pete Betanzos (19:54).

The top female runners were Janell Toth (21:39), Sarah Mallow (22:00) and Heidi Keller (22:30).

Donahue was pleased that participation stayed on par with last year’s event. Registrations and donations put the profits for the event at about $18,000. Proceeds are used to pay for the Evergreen school running track that was dedicated a year ago.

Participants in the 5-K run ranged in age from the five-year-old Peyton twins to a 68-year-old female runner and a 73-year-old male runner. The oldest walker was 81 years old.

Following are the top three finishers in each age division.


10 and under: Brooke Baumgartner, 30:24; Peyton Haywood, 33:36; Alexis McCormick, 45:06.

11-14: Sarah Mallow, 22:00; Rachel Audet, 22:49; Robin Foster, 27:01.

15-19: Melanie Brock, 23:46; Ashley Whitehead, 25:00; Cierra Taylor, 25:09.

20-24: Heidi Keller, 22:30; Brittany Nusbaum, 33:40; Michelle Raab, 35:22.

25-29: Trisha Langenderfer, 23:58; Cara O’Neill, 28:25; Stacy Lievens, 29:24.

30-34: Janell Toth, 21:39; Kasandra Dominique, 22:50; Heather Fee, 25:18.

35-39: Jennifer Lake, 27:59; Peggy Haywood, 29:10; Laurie Suntken, 31:41.

40-44: Karen Donahue, 22:37; Angie Vanostrand, 24:43; Ryndie Bzovi, 26:01.

45-49: Cindy Embry, 22:56; Beth Vollmar, 30:32; Laurie Liebich, 31:30.

50-54: Sharon Rodriguez, 29:25; Cheryl Stromski, 29:35; Kathy Brock, 31:11.

55-59: Diana Box, 41:49; Linda Dusseau, 46:33; Diane Patek, 47:54.

60-64: Mary Steinhauser, 31:39; Carol Willson, 52:10; Patricia Mitchey, 52:40.

65 and over: Theresa Marvin, 34:47; Karen Vollman, 52:15; Gloria Tejkl 54:00.


10 and under: Trent Croci, 22:18; Phoenix Vanostrand, 26:40; Carter Bzovi, 28:34.

11-14: Riley Lane, 21:15; Matt Taylor, 21:33; Aaron Huffman, 22:33.

15-19: Zach Phillips, 17:32; Brian Embry, 20:07; Matt Fischer, 20:27.

20-24: Curtis Farnsel, 18:17; Pete Betanzos, 19:54; Matthew Fether, 21:18.

25-29: Jerry Drennan, 23:50; Justin Osburn, 26:00; Brandon Donahue, 27:20.

30-34: Josh Baumgartner, 32:04; Jason McVey, 51:06.

35-39: Ryan Peebles, 22:54; Shawn O’Neill, 23:25; Jason Taylor, 27:40.

40-44: John Dominique, 20:32; Chris Ritchy, 25:31; Tim Pinkelman, 25:40.

45-49: Ken Dymond, 24:24; Jim Zittel, 25:08; Kevin Neuenschwander, 26:56.

50-54: Dave Eicher, 21:43; Mike Williams, 21:44; Terry Rotalik, 21:59.

55-59: Tom Striggow, 21:55; Donald Brasher, 22:37; Randy Fielder, 24:31.

60-64: Gary Valentine, 20:52; David Koelsch, 22:57.

65 and over: Bernie Marvin, 29:28; Ronald Gill, 30:48; Cyril Steinhausen, 37:01.

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