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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 Fine Arts Council presents awards 6.10.09

Written by David Green.

Two appreciation awards were presented Thursday at the Fayette Community Fine Arts Council annual meeting. One award was given for service by a council member and a second award went to an outside agency.

Arts Council director Tom Spiess presented the Char Rix Award to Don Glasgow. The award is given to a council member who has done some “remarkable things” for the organization during the past year.

Glasgow meets the three Ws, Spiess said: Work, wealth and wisdom. Glasgow was given a blown glass work of art created by Fayette resident Marvin Thorp.

A new honor, the Phillip Schrock Award, was given to Serenity Haven, a residential recovery facility for women, located west of Fayette.

The award is named for Henry Phillip and Joe Shrock, a pair of Opera House volunteers who put in countless hours with no expectation of reward, Spiess said.

“This award comes from our hearts because both of these gentlemen made this community a better place to live,” he said.

Volunteers from Serenity Haven have helped with various needs at the Opera House.

“They’ve helped transform the community simply by showing up and helping out,” Spiess said.

Ken Bond of the Five County Board representing Serenity Haven said the feeling is mutual.

“I would personally like to thank the community for all the support they’ve given us,” he said. “It’s been a good relationship for both sides.”

Council member Cheri Rix said the volunteer help was a tremendous boost.

“There were times when we weren’t sure what we were going to do. You have helped us out tremendously.”

NEW SEASON—Rebecca Lovelass outlined the 2009-10 Fayette Artist Series, starting with traditional folk musicians “Hand Hewn.” The group will present a workshop before their Oct. 3 concert.

The Hogan Family of Defiance will present a stringed quartet performance Nov. 6 and Ballet Folklorico Mexicanas will make a return visit Dec. 5.

The Bryan Area Madrigal Singers will perform March 13 and Team Fiddle will make a return appearance April 17.

ORGAN SERIES—Reed organ concerts can be found here and there across the country, Glasgow said, but as far as he knows, Fayette is the only location to offer a regular reed organ series.

“I’m impressed with the organists who want to come here,” he said.

He’s heard from three past participants who want to make a return appearance.

The new series features Mary Ann Crugher-Balduf of Ypsilanti on Oct. 11; Marcia Van Horn and some woodwinds Nov. 15; and Tommy Quinn from Alabama.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS—In addition to regular programming, council members served concessions at several area events in the past year and sponsored the Parker’s Corner Christmas Crafts Shop.

Upgrades were completed in the Opera House kitchen and men’s rest room, and the gazebo was painted.

BREAKFAST—Spiess said area residents are invited to attend breakfast sessions at the Opera House between 7 and 9:30 a.m. Mondays.

“But you have to be willing to share your ideas and be willing to argue,” he added.

RENTAL—Members were reminded of the availability of rental space at the Opera House. The lobby, front gallery, main gallery and auditorium are all available, as is catering.

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