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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.

United Way collection underway 11.12.08

Written by David Green.

When times get tough, the funding needs of United Way agencies tend to grow stronger.

The American Red Cross, the Counseling Vouching Program, legal services, dental clinic, Associated Charities, HOPE Community Center, Housing First affordable housing, Hospice of Lenawee and others—the county-wide programming by the Lenawee United Way addresses a variety of needs and ages.

“There is no doubt that these are very challenging times in our economy, but that makes the need all the more urgent,” said  the United Way’s Amy Palmer. “Many of our agencies are overwhelmed with the increased volume of need from working families and individuals who require extra support to help make ends meet.”           

A portion of the county collection is returned directly to communities. Nearly $5,000 was recently distributed among four Morenci programs from United Way funds collected last year, but that was far short of the requests made.

“Nobody was fully funded through United Way,” said Morenci chair Brad Frederick, “but everybody requesting funds got something.”

More than $11,000 was divided among five agencies the previous year and more than $10,000 was requested from five agencies this year. With the steep drop in donations, four programs received limited funding from the United Way and two programs received direct donations from a local industry.

“There wasn’t enough money to go around,” said Morenci board member Simone Haas. “I thought it was just awful.”

As a co-owner of Roth Fabricating, Haas said she and co-owner Shane Sarnac decided to fill the gap.

“We’ve done well this year so it was our way of giving back to the community,” she said.

Roth gave $1,000 to the city’s Summer Recreation Program and $1,500 to the winter clothing campaign at Morenci Elementary School, to buy coats, hats and mittens for children in need of warm winter gear.

The local United Way allocations board—Frederick, Haas, Jennifer Blaker, Rosemary Dickerson and Kyle Griffith—awarded $1,000 to the Summer Recreation program; $1,838 to Stair Public Library; $1,000 to the Morenci Elementary School PTO for the fifth grade camping experience; and $1,160 to the Morenci Fire Department.

In order to receive funding, agencies now must meet 501c3 federal guidelines and address one of four areas: basic needs; employment and self-sufficiency; health; and youth at risk.

Any donation of $100 or more can be designated for a particular eligible agency.

Anyone making donations through payroll deductions should file a pledge form by the end of November, Frederick said, and individuals should make gifts by mid-December at the latest.

To obtain a pledge form, call Frederick at 517/605-1020.


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