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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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4-H members earn awards at Lenawee fair 8.12.09

Written by David Green.

Area 4-H club members earned an array of awards at the Lenawee County Fair.


• Candi Evers, Medina Pioneers, Grand Grand Champion Boer Meat, Best of Breed Reserve Champion Boer.


• Allison Hyder, Medina Pioneers, Grand Champion Maine Anjou, Champion Showman, Intermediate Beef Showmanship.

• Emily Kutzley, Medina Pioneers, Grand Champion Dairy Feeder.

• Jasmine Dillard, Medina Pioneers, Champion Market Holstein.

• Daniel Stutzman, State Line Hustlers, Grand Champion Feeder Calf, Reserve Champion Steer, Reserve Champion Beef Showman, Reserve Grand Champion Feeder Calf, Feeder Calf Showmanship Intermediate, Overall Reserve Champion Beef Showman, Reserve Champion Holstein.

• Nick Stutzman, State Line Hustlers, Grand Champion County Bred Steer.

• David Stutzman, State Line Hustlers, Reserve Champion Feeder Calf, Grand Champion Beef Feeder Calf–Lenawee Tech Center.

• Hayze Wolf, Medina Pioneers, Reserve Champion Angus Heifer.

• Elizabeth Austin, Medina Pioneers, Reserve Champion Dairy Feeder.


• Hayze Wolf, Medina Pioneers, Grand Champion Market Hog, Grand Champion Barrow.

• Allison Hyder, Medina Pioneers, Grand Champion Individual Gilt, Reserve Champion Market Hog.

• Brianna Stone, Medina Pioneers, Reserve Champion Individual Barrow.

• J.D. Waters, Medina Pioneers, Overall Champion Swine Showman.


• Colt Campbell, Bits and Pieces, Champion Goose; Champion Breed Waterfowl; Reserve Champion Production; First in Class Meat Geese, First in Chicken Flying Contest, Grand Champion Large Fowl, Reserve Champion Large Fowl, Reserve Champion Goose, Reserve Champion Duck.

• Clayton Bachman, Medina Pioneers, Grand Champion Large Fowl.

• Harley Sneyd, Medina Pioneers, Reserve Champion Large Fowl.

• Travis Zuvers, Bits and Pieces, Intermediate Showmanship second place.

• McKenzie Brown, Medina Pioneers, Intermediate Showmanship Champion; Overall Showmanship Champion; Reserve Champion AOV pigeon.

Static projects

• Emily Kutzley, Medina Pioneers, extra special honors, photography; special honors, photography.

• Matthew Wright, Medina Pioneers, special honors, power.

• Kelsey Bloomer, Medina Pioneers, special honors, arts.

• Cheyene Travioli, Dodge City Wranglers, special honors, food and nutrition.

• Taylor Baugh, State Line Hustlers, special honors, food and nutrition.

Jr. Livestock Club Displays

Sheep—Medina Pioneers, first place.

Beef—Medina Pioneers, second place.

Swine—State Line Hustlers, third place.

Cloverbuds (5-8 year olds)

Medina Pioneers—Dylan Amos,

Zachary Morse, Thomas Hodshire, Drake Eichler, Hunter Bowers, Jarrett Waters. Dodge City Wranglers—Larkyn Swimmer, MacKenzie Phillips. State Line Hustlers—Alexis Wheeler.

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