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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.

Morenci school play 12.10.08

Written by David Green.

A modern day twist on the gifts of the Magi comes to the stage at Morenci Area High School in performances scheduled tonight and Saturday. The Saturday showing also includes the option of a dinner before the play.

First-year teacher Brandi Boswell volunteered to serve as drama director and she has a mostly rookie cast of actors willing to try their hand in the school play.

“The Three Gifts” involves three boys who get in trouble for stealing Halloween candy. A judge sentences the trio (Adam Barnett, James Wright and Phoenix Duncan) to work in a women’s crisis center where they come in contact with a pair of children (Hayli Cox and third grade student Brandon Cox).

In the end, the boys learn the value of serving others and they each realize a gift they have to give.

“It’s difficult to find a seasonal play,” Ms. Boswell said. “We’re limited by the size of our stage and by funding. With what we have, I think this will be a good show and a good one to hear right before Christmas. The audience should enjoy it.”

Other cast members are Levi Hoffman, an attorney and father of one of the boys; Naomi Hoffman, an attorney; Tequoia Jarrell, the judge; Barbara Hollstein, the mother of the two children; and Loren Delmonico, the father of a boy.

Other children at the women’s center are played by Azaan, Antonio and Tahjanay Jarrell and Walker Whitehouse.

Tickets for the showings at 7 p.m. tonight and at 6:30 p.m. Saturday sell for $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.

For those attending the spaghetti dinner Saturday, the suggested donation is $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The meal will be served by members of the Art and Drama clubs. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Thursday. Call the school at 458-7502 for dinner reservations.

Art Club members will serve “art dessert” to finish off the meal.

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