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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.

Goodwill of Lenawee moves to new location 9.02.09

Written by David Green.

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan announces a community-wide “Beyond the Dream” capital campaign to support the newer and consolidated Goodwill facilities at 1357 Division Street in Adrian.

The effort seeks to raise funds to support the infrastructure needs of the headquarters facility in Adrian.

“Through the investment in this facility, we aim to serve 2,010 people by 2010,” said Goodwill Executive Director Beverly Lyell. “We outgrew our 90-year-old facility and needed additional space to expand and more efficiently operate all of our services”.

The facility was a vacant industrial property that Goodwill is “recycling” to accomplish their mission.

“We’re making this a true grass-roots community project by encouraging 2,010 people in each county that we serve—Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe and Washtenaw—to consider donating $20.10,“ said fund-raising committee chair Jack Georgal. “That would put us well on our path to securing the funds necessary to make the investments in our facility.”

Goodwill Industries of Southeast Michigan provided training and employment services to 1,531 people in 2008 and also employs 90 part-time and full-time people.

Noteworthy accomplishments include an ongoing recycling project of computers and peripherals through the Dell Corporation; recycling more than 300,000 pounds of shred annually; providing more than 350 vehicles through the Workers on Wheels program since its inception; operating four retail stores in Lenawee, Monroe and Washtenaw counties; and providing more than $1.6 million in wages to Goodwill workers in 2008.

Goodwill is said to live its mission by putting people, with barriers, to work, which empowering them to build self-confidence and independence and to gain a chance to succeed.

To learn more about Goodwill, make a contribution or donate goods, visit or call 517/263-2135.

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