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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.

Fayette Medical Center to expand 9.17

Written by David Green.

Construction is expected to get underway next month at the Fayette Medical Center on Main Street when an expansion project begins.

When completed in December, the facility will feature two additional examination rooms, an expanded office area and parking in both the front and rear.

In addition, the Fulton County Health Center’s laboratory draw station will have a new location with a separate entrance.

Steve McCoy, director of marketing and planning for Fulton County Health Center (FCHC), responded to rumors that the adjacent home formerly owned by the Nyce family would be demolished in the renovation project. The house and property are owned by FCHC.

“No decision has been made on the house,” he said.

A two-car garage will be converted and used as part of the renovated facility, and demolition of the house was considered in order to provide additional parking.

Expansion of the building can go on whether or not the house remains, McCoy said, but there would be fewer parking spaces if the house were left standing.

“These renovations will help us meet the growing medical needs of the Fayette area,” said E. Dean Beck, FCHC administrator. “With the addition of Dr. Jennifer Schweitzer-Ahmed and our plan to add another full-time physician to the Medical Center in the near future, we needed to expand the facility to meet the growing health needs of the Fayette area.”

Rupp/Rosebrock Construction will coordinate the renovations that will provide a handicap-accessible entrance, updated exam rooms and an improved medical records system.

Renovation work will be done in phases to allow the facility to remain open.

Dr. Schweitzer-Ahmed began serving at the clinic on an interim basis after Dr. Ronald Music left last December.

“The original intent was for her to cover until a full-time physician came,” McCoy said. “Now she’s officially joined the Fayette Medical Center.”

She aims to remain on staff even if a new physician is hired, McCoy said. The Tinora native is married and is the mother of three children. She has office hours Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. until noon.

“We’ve been actively campaigning for a full-time doctor,” McCoy said, and he believes the renovation could make a difference. “It will help in our recruitment effort.”

Some candidates have remarked that the existing office is too small.

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