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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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Morenci's Summer Rec program starts June 23 6.10.09

Written by David Green.

Some new activities will be added to popular events of the past in Morenci’s Summer Day Recreation program at Wakefield Park.

The program starts June 23 and continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 6. Participants should meet at Wakefield for the program that is scheduled rain or shine from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The session begins with games and activities in the park, but the first swimming trip to Archbold is scheduled Thursday, June 25. The bus will arrive at about 12:15 p.m.

No sessions are planned the next week, but the program resumes July 7 with a trip to Wauseon to watch a movie at the theatre.

Swimming and bowling are scheduled July 14 and 16, then swimming and skating the next week. Children should meet at the skating rink on the east edge of town for the July 23 event.

After a swimming trip July 28, an excursion to the Toledo Zoo is set for July 30. The bus will leave at 9 a.m. and return at the regular 3:30 time. Participants will be charged an additional $10 if they choose to take the trip to the zoo.

One final swimming trip is scheduled Aug. 4, followed by the final session Aug. 6 with a pizza party at the park.

Registration costs $15 for the summer. All children age five and older are invited to sign up.

Registration forms are available at city hall and are also published in this week’s Observer. One form should be used for each child in a family. Registration forms should be returned to City Hall by June 18 to help organizers plan events.

For more information about the program, call city hall at 458-6828.

June 23: Park day

June 25: Swimming

June 30: No program

July 2: No program

July 7: Movie in Wauseon

July 9: Park day

July 14: Swimming

July 16: Bowling

July 21: Swimming

July 23: Skating

July 28: Swimming

July 30: Toledo Zoo

$10 charge, leave at 9 a.m.

Aug. 4: Swimming

Aug. 6: Pizza at park

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