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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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Third grade team wins at Science Olympiad 4.1.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci came through with the champion third grade Science Olympiad team again this year, topping 10 other competitors from Hillsdale and Lescience_oly._team.jpgnawee counties.

The 2009 Tri-County Science Olympiad was scheduled Thursday in Adrian.

The third grade team tied a Pittsford squad in total points, but claimed three first-place finishes among the six events to take the overall top spot.

Mystery Boxes: 1st place, Anna Gautz and Evany Schmidt. Students reach inside a box to estimate the size, weight and texture of several objects.

Crossword Science: 7th, Bailee Dominique and Kyla Molitierno. Students complete a crossword puzzle based on science words.

Which Way is North? 1st, Charlene Glisson and Chase VanBrandt. Students look at a map and answer questions on a worksheet.

Can Racer: 3rd, Luke Grieder and Caleb Glecker. Students design a simple vehicle using a can, a dowel, washers and rubber bands.

Animal, Vegetable or Mineral: 8th, Layne Spradlin and Marlee Blaker. Students classify 15 objects and write a short statement about each.

Aerodynamics: 1st, Garrett Benjamin and Kaitlyn Clegg. Students fold and fly paper airplanes, aiming for a target.

What does Morenci’s winning team think about science? The answer brought a mixed response. Some think science class is great; others seem to tolerate it.

Morenci’s third grade team is coached by Normal Marks and Lori Garrow.

FIFTH GRADE—Morenci’s fifth grade team, coached by Natalie Zuvers, placed third overall. Two teams earned first-place finishes.

Crossword Science: 5th place, Wes Pierce and Clayton Borton;

Zowie Metrics: 4th, Wes Pierce and Clayton Borton;

Write It/Do It: 5th, Aubreigh Stowell and Andrea Mikuski;

Mystery Liquids: 1st, Sydney Weeks and Courtney Moore;

Propeller Propulsion: 3rd, Cody Tule and Andrea Mikuski;

Paper Rockets: 1st, Sierra Bloomer and Jared Morris.

FOURTH GRADE—Morenci’s fourth grade team was coached by Ruth Marlatt and Heidi Drake. The team placed fifth among 10 competitors.

 Catapult: 4th place, Garrett Smith and Edward Hollstein;

 Pasta Bridge: 5th, Edward Hollstein and Kendal Kuhn;

 Biomass: 6th, Madison Bachman and Tyler Van Brandt;

 Magnets: 2nd, David Cortes and Emma Vasher;

 Mystery Powders: 6th, Darian Double and Mikayla Price;

 Elements, Compounds and Mixtures:  3rd, Cheyenne Stone and Kiegan Merillat.

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