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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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Know of a famous tree? 9.17

Written by David Green.

Michigan’s Famous and Historical Trees Sought as Part of National Effort

The Michigan Forest Association, in conjunction with the Michigan Forestry and Parks Association and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is searching for famous and historic trees in Michigan.

 As part of a nationwide effort to locate and document these trees, the association plans to update its book “Michigan’s Famous and Historic Trees,” last published in 1976. 

“Many trees, due to their long life, are considered silent witnesses to history,” said Lynne Boyd, chief of the DNR’s Forest, Minerals and Fire Management Division.  “Many of Michigan’s famous trees have been lost to old age, storms or disease including the Old Council Tree in Emmet County, where chiefs of the local tribes held council.”

“Recording and preserving these wonderful living recorders of history is part of our culture and is important part of the heritage of Michigan,” said Kevin Sayers, coordinator of the DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program.

The categories of famous and historic trees which the Michigan Forest Association has adopted as established criteria for selection are as follows:

- Trees associated with notable people.

- Trees associated with the development of the nation.

- Trees associated with eminent educators and educational institutions.

- Trees associated with art and artists, literature and writers, law, music, science and the cultural life of the state.

- Trees associated with churches and religion.

- Trees associated with early forestry and conservation.

- Trees with distinctive scenic and esthetic associations.

- Trees historic or famous because of unusual size or age. Most trees in this category will already be on record in The American Forestry

Association's Social Register of Big Trees. The Michigan Botanical Club administers a similar program in Michigan.  Visit:

- Trees that have gained prominence due to unusual form or botanical characteristics.

Trees such as the James Oliver Curwood tree in Owosso, Dr. Dorsch’s Gingko in Monroe, the Republican Oaks in Jackson, and Hudson Motor Car Pine are all examples of Michigan’s famous or historic trees.

Anyone wishing to nominate a tree for recognition should provide the following information:

- Trees species (if known)

- Exact location

- Reason for historical significance

- Present landowner (if known)

- Photos (if available)

- Contact information

Nominations may be submitted via e-mail to [email protected] or by writing to the Michigan Forest Association at 6120 South Clinton Trail, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. 

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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