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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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Fayette council 1.28

Written by David Green.


Fayette now has a third generation village council member with the appointment of Julia Ruger.julia.ruger.jpg

Four residents expressed interest in filling the council seat made vacant when Craig Rower was chosen to serve as council president pro tempore. In that capacity, Rower serves as acting mayor until the November election.

Ruger, Rodney Kessler and Mat Johnson each spoke to council Thursday about filling the position. Victor Molina also expressed interest in the role, but told council that he would withdraw his name since there were already three good candidates to consider.

Council members voted 4-1 to put Ruger into office until the November election.

She told council members that she is active with the Fayette PTO and the Fayette Athletic Boosters and has business experience.

Ruger’s father, Gary Rice, and grandfather, Otto Rice, both served as council members in the past.

SNOW REMOVAL—Police chief Jason Simon warned residents earlier in the month that he would write citations to property owners who failed to clear sidewalks of snow.

That warning resulted in a large amount of paperwork.

Chief Simon told council that he drove around the village Jan. 20 and found 93 residences and businesses in violation.

As of Thursday, he had delivered more than 50 violation notices and planned to have the remainder delivered by Friday. Three notices were sent via registered mail to absentee property owners.

From the first batch of warning letters, only one property owner refused to comply, Simon said.

Simon said the village office received several calls about the snow removal ordinance that became law in 1990.

He said the ordinance isn’t specific about the amount of snow or ice accumulation before a warning letter is sent. In general, he said that residents should be able to walk on a sidewalk without getting snow in their shoes. It’s not necessary to clear snow down to a bare sidewalk.

Simon said he gave residents some extra time to clear walks due to the recent cold temperatures.

TREES—Volunteers are still needed to serve on the village tree commission. Anyone interested should contact village hall.

Members are considering an Arbor Day observance and Eugene Rosinsky intends to present a class in trimming.

ZONING—At the Jan. 20 Zoning Board meeting, village administrator Amy Metz gave members Dan Markley and Jim Bacon an update on the damaged building next to the village hall. A portion of the back wall collapsed.

Metz explained that since it’s a commercial building, the problem is not within the jurisdiction of the village. Instead, state inspectors are involved.

Property owner Don Stiriz has shown Metz blueprints and spoke about plans to repair the building.

The village solicitor and insurer advised Metz to obtain proof of insurance from Stiriz since the building is connected to the village hall.

In addition, a letter was sent to Stiriz calling for a more substantial barrier in the back of the building. Stiriz has until Jan. 30 to comply. Caution tape was stretched across the back when the building started bowing outward several months ago. The barrier request was made by a Fulton County Health Center physician.

CREDIT—Due to an increase in credit card charges from Bank of America, council’s finance committee advised fiscal officer Lisa Zuver to obtain a card from a different bank.

Zuver said she inquired at Huntington, but was required to report her income and Social Security number. She chose Farmers & Merchants instead.

SKATE PARK—Finance committee members discussed liability and insurance rates for a skateboard park.

AUDIENCE—About 25 people were in the audience Thursday, but no one signed up to speak at the meeting.

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