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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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Neal Singles Memorial 5K Run results 9.24

Written by David Green.

The number of runners increased in the third Neal Singles Memorial 5K running event and proceeds jumped by $500.

One hundred and twenty-two runners followed a course through Morenci Sunday morning and 123 walkers completed the one-mile fun walk.

The top female runner was Dominique Miller of Tecumseh, crossing the finish line at  20:57. The first male runner was Sam Skeels of Adrian who finished at 16:23.

Organizers expect a profit of about $4,000 will go into a scholarship fund administered by the Morenci Education Foundation.

“It was great to see the addition of many more Morenci people in the running event,” said Jackie Schaffner, who coordinates the fund-raiser along with Heather Walker and Drew Stella. “I’m impressed with the young talent we have in our community.”

Walker was also pleased with the 5K participation.

“We had several more participants in the 5K this year than last,” she said. “I think it’s great how the event seems to be encouraging local people to start running. Every year is seems our event has been the motivating force behind a new group of residents getting in shape.”

Schaffner and Walker were delighted with the help they received in planning and running the event.

“The planning went very smoothly this year,” Walker said. “We have a great group of core volunteers who know their jobs now and handle things seamlessly.”

One glitch in this year’s event was a shortage of T-shirts. Participants are encouraged to register early to guarantee a commemorative shirt. Organizers hope to do better next year to make sure an adequate supply is available, but note that it’s difficult to anticipate how many runners will show up on race day to register.


11 and under: Madison Gleckler, 25:51; Brooke Baumgartner, 26:16; Bailee Dominique, 27:02.

12-14: Rachel Sodergren, 26:55; Taylor Baugh, 28:29; Korin Baumgartner, 30:50.

15-18: Kate Gallup, 25:56; Tara Ely, 26:44; Jade Pfund, 30:50.

19-24: Devon Barrett, 24:12; Brianna Sutherland, 28:48; Carmen Ely, 29:24.

25-29: Amanda Harsh, 34:36; Kristin Owens, 43:02; Molly McDowell, 49:29.

30-34: Kristie Jones, 22:06; Trina Romanowski, 22:27; Kassandra Dominique, 23:00.

35-39: Shanda Borck, 23:48; Denise Dashner, 25:12; Brenda Rupp, 26:42.

40-44: Karen Donahue, 22:29; Angie VanOstrand, 24:20; Jean Blankenship, 26:0.

45-49: Kym Ries, 29:28; Heidi Drake, 30:06; Lisa Acuna, 35:25.

50-54: Jo Essenmacher, 24:56; Cheryl Strumski, 28:40; Kathie Brock, 29:52.

55-59: Diana Box, 35:09; Linda Dusseau, 40:03; Jody Owens, 43:02.

60-69: Mary Steinhauser, 30:41; Theresa Marvin, 34:08; Diana Rupp, 41:13.


11 and under: Cameron Fee, 25:40; Keegan Fee, 29:11; Zane Woerner, 30:28.

12-14: Anthony Frank, 25:03; KC Clegg, 26:30; Kris Iott, 27:12.

15-18: Zach Phillips, 17:39; Jeff Nofziger, 18:52; Micah Gillen, 19:07.

19-24: Michael Singles, 20:34; Stephen Singles, 21:17.

25-29: Jason Austgen, 20:44; Jason Whitcomb, 21:15; Jamie DeVoe, 22:30.

30-34: Matt Carpenter, 18:42; Brad Frank, 22:43; Corey Borck, 27:55.

35-39: Tom Romanowski, 16:36; Brad Brown, 21:03; John Rorick, 21:31.

40-44: John Dominique, 19:28; Bernie Marvin, 22:24; Tim Pinkelman, 25:41.

45-49: Domingo Valadez, 26:13; Tim Speed, 22:38.

50-54: Dave Barrett, 20:54; Dave Eichler, 21;10; Terry Kotalik, 21:46.

55-59: Ron Carpenter, 20:09; Tom MacNaughton, 20:58; Donald Basher, 21:29.

60-69: Cyril Steinhauser, 31:17; Doyce Rupp, 41:13.

70 and over: Bernie Marvin, 28:32; Everett Luoma, 31:41; Earl Woerner, 34:11.

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