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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's 24-hour recycling bin 3.25.09

Written by David Green.


Recycling got a whole lot easier in Fayette a few months ago.

When a metal cage was installed on the east side of the village garage last summer, recycling center coordinators noticed a change.

“It’s really grown since the cage went in last summer,” said David Metcalf, who has directed Fayette’s recycling effort for years. “We seem to be picking up a few more people every month.”

Rather than wait for the once-a-month opening of the center—9 until noon on the second Saturday of the month—residents are able to drop off #1 and #2 plastics, aluminum cans and “tin” cans anytime, day or night.

Volunteers will sort the items later for transporting to the proper recycling location.

Amy Mitchell said she’s heard many good reports about the bin from community members, but there are some problems.

“There are issues that need to be addressed to make it a more effective system,” she said. “The drop-off site is for 1 and 2 plastics, aluminum and tin only.”

Glass, newspapers, magazines and cardboard should be brought in only when the center is open on the second Saturday. If left in the outdoor bin, paper products will become water-logged and glass will often break when deposited.

Volunteers have also had some problems with household trash left at the center.

Volunteers ask residents to follow these rules and suggestions:

1. Check for the triangle on the bottom of a plastic container to see if it is classified as #1 or #2. If it doesn’t have that marking, it can’t be recycled at the Fayette center and will be considered trash.

2. Bring shredded paper in a closed plastic bag.

3. Break cardboard boxes so they are flat.

4. Plastic shopping bags and egg cartons can be recycled.

5. Rinse out milk jugs well to prevent odor problems.

6. Although it is not required, sorting recyclables ahead of time helps volunteers with their work.

“We would like to thank our many faithful recyclers and those of you new to our recycling center for your part in helping our environment and our village,” Mitchell said.

Volunteers are always welcome to help out with sorting and other tasks, Metcalf said.

“If I get three or four people it really helps,” he said.

He started volunteering 12 years ago and now plays a very active role in Fayette’s recycling efforts.

Twice a week he picks up cardboard at businesses and occasionally he receives a call from someone who has a lot of material to get rid of for one reason or another. Sometimes arrangements are made to open the center during the month.

“You just pick up odd jobs when you’re retired,” he said, joking about the many hours he puts into recycling in Fayette.

In case you’re wondering if the community favors Pepsi or Coke, Dave Metcalf has the answer. He’s handled thousands of cans.

“Fayette is more of a Pepsi town,” he said.

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