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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 track rejuvenated 9.24

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s running track looks like a running track once again.

The edges of the track are once again clearly defined. The surface is scraped and leveled. The long jump and high jump pits are recovered from the turf. A shot put area is rescued from encroaching grass.fay.track.jpg

What was once considered the finest track in the area—in the days before all-weather tracks—suffered from neglect over the years, but now it’s back in good shape, thanks to the efforts of 19 volunteers.

Fayette mayor Anita Van Zile worked with a few other residents concerned about the condition of the track to organize a work day Sept. 6.

“When I went down there at 8 o’clock, I was the only one there,” she said, “but then people started trickling in.

”I was very pleased. It was very successful.”

The crew of volunteers wrapped up their work by 1 p.m., then Greg Armstrong of Armstrong Excavating arrived. He worked part of two days with a box blade to level the surface.

“Both of his children were involved in track and Greg has continued to support the program, even though his children have graduated,” Van Zile said.

A drain was unplugged that had caused flooding on a portion of the track after very heavy rains, but the success of that effort won’t be known until another hard downpour. It’s unknown how much sand and debris had washed into the line.

“We couldn’t have done the job without the help of the village crew,” Van Zile said.

Village workers accomplished some preliminary work before the work day, and some showed up to help with the other volunteers.

In the age of all-weather tracks, Van Zile doubts if there will ever be a home track meet for Fayette’s runners, but the rejuvenated facility will now serve as an excellent practice site. The track also gets a lot of use by community members.

“It was a day of teamwork, team building and accomplishment,” the mayor said, “and a lot of fun.”

She intends for the village to make sure the track is maintained to prevent another descent into disrepair.

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