The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

  • Snow.2
    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.
  • Front.sculpt
    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.
  • Front.tar.wide
    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.
  • Front.pull
    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.
  • Front.ropes
    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.
  • Front.homecoming Court
    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).
  • Front.park.lights
    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.
  • Front.homecoming Court
  • Cheer
  • Front.park.lights
  • Front.pull
  • Front.ropes
  • Front.sculpt
  • Front.tar.wide
  • Front.toss
  • Front.walk Across

Laura Blaker to lead Diabetes walk 5.6

Written by David Green.


When Laura (Flint) Blaker of Morenci learned she had a problem with diabetes, she thought she could take care of the problem on her own.

That was a mistake.blaker.diabetes.jpg

“It was probably six months before I went to class,” Laura said. “I tried to do it on my own. But what I was doing wasn’t best for me.”

She thought she had it figured out—she thought that diet food would make a difference—but she eventually learned that her condition wasn’t improving at all.

Why the hesitation to get help?

“I thought they would come down hard on me and make fun of my diet,” Laura said.

She was wrong. She got just the help she needed from the nurse leading the class.

“My sugar started coming down really fast,” she said.

Since starting the class eight months ago, she exercises regularly, she has blood sugar level is down inside the normal range and she’s lost 60 pounds—so far.

Due to Laura’s success with the class and her enthusiasm for diabetes education, she was chosen to serve as the honorary chairperson of the 2009 Walk For Diabetes May 16 in Tecumseh.

“We’re thrilled to have her serve as our honorary chairperson,” said Terri Kowalski, director of diabetes and nutrition education for ProMedica Health Systems. “It takes a special kind of person to serve in that position.”

Diabetes was no stranger in Laura’s family.

“I grew up watching my mother, grandmother and aunt struggle with diabetes daily until they all eventually passed away from complications of this awful disease,” Laura wrote in a biographical essay for the diabetes walk brochure.

A family history of diabetes places a person in a high-risk group, but lifestyle factors can also bring on the disease. Lacking in exercise and overweight, Laura was hit by a double whammy.

“I think mine was both,” she said. “I probably had it for years without knowing it.”

She found out about it one night when she became very ill and was taken to the  emergency room.

“The first thing they did was test my blood,” she said.

She was soon taking two medications to help control the disease. That’s when she thought she could handle it at home, but failed.

Diabetes education classes at Herrick Medical Center made all the difference for her. She learned to read food labels, she learned the importance of regular exercise and she learned a lot about proper diet. She also received a lot of positive encouragement along the way.

“There are horrible complications with diabetes. I’m living proof of that,” Laura said. “I wish my mother would have been able to receive the same education that I have.”

Walk for Diabetes

Laura Blaker will lead the way on the 5K walk through Tecumseh May 16. Although a few participants might not choose to go the entire route, it won’t be any big chore for Laura. She now walks up to six miles a day with her exercise routine.

Walkers pay $15 to participate in the fund raiser and families pay $20.

“What’s special about this fund raiser is that it’s for the local community,” said Terri Kowalski. One hundred percent of the proceeds go for patient scholarships.”

Not all participants in the diabetes education programs are able to pay, she said.

“The scholarships are there so no person who needs help goes unserved,” Kowalski said.

The walk goes through downtown Tecumseh and also along the river. Strollers aren’t recommended because of the unpaved park trail.

Donations can be made for those who aren’t able to participate in the walk.

The walk is planned on the same day as the community’s Promenade event.

For more information about the walk, call Brian Stella at 517/424-3399.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2015