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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.

Morenci city council 10.17.09

Written by David Green.


The chain link fence at Oak Grove Cemetery will be removed, leaving a portion of the property without a fence along M-156.

Morenci city council members voted unanimously to remove the fence that’s located along the southern side of the cemetery front. The older wrought iron fence will remain in place.

City supervisor Barney Vanderpool was asked for his opinion and said he isn’t completely in favor.

“I just like the fence barrier,” he said, “but it would be easier for mowing and leaf collection. I’m sure it would look a little nicer with it gone.”

A few citizens have commented on the incongruity between the chain link fence and the wrought iron fence, and council members decided to discuss the issue.

Vanderpool said the job could probably be completed in a day by using prison labor. Councilors voted earlier in the meeting to renew a contract with the Gus Harrison Facility for occasional help.

Vanderpool also commented on how good the freshly-painted wrought iron fence looks following the recent effort by volunteers helping Nathan Arno with an Eagle Scout project.

ZONING—At the Sept. 28 council meeting, council members voted 6-0 to hire Jacob Barnes as residential zoning administrator to replace the late Jack Baird. Barnes already serves as the commercial and industrial inspector.

Councilors voted Monday to approve a revised job description for the position.

HANDICAP—Council discussed a complaint about the lack of handicap accessible sidewalk approaches at the new walks at the elementary school.

City clerk/administrator Renée Schroeder said the approaches are the city’s responsibility. Vanderpool said the city has put them in after removing portions for other work and this wasn’t the case in this situation.

Vanderpool said if the city does one, it should others nearby and he wondered where the effort would stop?

Council members Leasa Slocum said the ramps would be very important to the mother of a handicapped child who wants the youth to be as independent as possible.

Mayor Doug Erskin suggested taking the issue back to the committee level for more discussion.

VOLUNTEER—Vanderpool expressed his appreciation to Art Slocum who repaired a hole in the stucco wall of the library. “Art has done the work more than once,” he said.

STOP SIGN—Councilor Tracy Schell reported that due to extra enforcement on East Locust Street, a stop sign would not be erected at the intersection of Locust and Page streets.

The issue will be reconsidered if speeding problems return.

The citizen requesting the sign is satisfied with the decision, said police chief Larry Weeks.

LIBRARY—At the Sept. 28 meeting, council gave its approval to a Garden Club request to plant a tree in front of the library in honor of the late Keith Whitehouse.

A portion of the sidewalk will be cut out and benches will be installed.

HALLOWEEN—Council approved trick-or-treating hours from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

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