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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 FFA competes in contests 10.22.08

Written by David Green.

From soil and dairy cow judging to career development events, Fayette’s FFA members are off to an active start in the new school year.

The soil judging team of Austin-Michael Buehrer, Sheldon Maginn, Clay Burkholder, Darrell Randall, Tyler Keefer, Taylor Curry, Jake West and Dylan MacIntosh placed fifth in the district contest.  Twenty-one teams competed.

With this fifth place finish,  Burkholder, Randall, Buehrer and Curry qualified to advance to the state competition in Columbus last weekend.

The dairy judging team of Parker Stockburger, Kalley Martin, Tyler Keefer, Quintin Keefer, Jerry Minzey, and Clay Burkholder competed in district competition in Edgerton. They scored a cow class, a heifer class and a linear class, took a test and placed animals based on pedigree and sire characteristics.  The team placed fifth and Burkholder finished fifth individually.

Next on the agenda is a trip to the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis. Delegates will listen to keynote speakers, attend a career show of more than 300 vendors and participate in a wide variety of industry tours.

Orders for the annual citrus, nut and beef jerky sale are now being taken. This effort is the club’s largest fund raiser of the year.

The proceeds cover the cost of the annual awards banquet, help send members to FFA camp in the summer and also allow for many other opportunities for Fayette FFA members.

Orders will be taken through Nov. 1. Contact an FFA member or the high school for more information.

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