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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 students to receive H1N1 flu shots 10.21.09

Written by David Green.


Morenci students are asked to wear short sleeves shirts to school Friday when nurses from the Lenawee County Health Department give inoculations for H1N1 influenza.

The flu vaccine are given at no cost and on a voluntary basis. Parents have the option of refusing the vaccination.

Morenci is first on the list of public schools scheduled for flu shots, although shots were given Monday at Adrian College and the process went well, said coordinator Jane Clark.

Vaccines will be given from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the middle school media center—serving both the middle school and high school students—and at the elementary school.

Children must have a completed permission slip and registration form. Forms were sent home with children but are also available on the school website ( Because the inoculations are free, there is no need to fill out the insurance information section of the form.

Forms should be returned to the school Friday morning at the very latest.

Shots will also be given to staff members only if they qualify as part of five priority groups:

• pregnant women,

• people who live with or care for children younger than six months of age,

• health care and emergency medical service workers,

• people between the ages of 25 and 64 who have certain health conditions such as HIV, diabetes or heart or lung disease.

The fifth group recommended for vaccinations is children between the ages of six months and 24 years. Children nine years and younger are to receive a second shot. In Morenci, repeat vaccines will be given Nov. 20 at the elementary school.

This starts the second round of public school vaccinations, with the first round ending at Britton schools Nov. 18.

Also on Friday, inoculations will be given free to the public from 4 to 7 p.m. in the middle school office. This clinic is only for those who qualify as part of the five priority groups listed above.

Registration forms can be obtained at a school office.

Clark said there are no plans now to offer vaccines to the general public.

“We’ve been told there is a shortage,” she said.

Clark also said the health department currently has no accurate information about the incidence of H1N1 in the county.

“We know there is some,” she said, “but we don’t have a count.”

For additional information about the Morenci clinic, call the health department at 517/264-5215 or send e-mail to [email protected]

Fulton County

The Fulton County Health Department is administering a limited number of vaccines only to members of the five priority groups listed above, and only by appointment.

Call the health department at 419/337-0915.

Additional information, including clinic times and locations, can be obtained at the health department website:

Remember the Three C’s:

Clean—Practice good and frequent hand washing

Cover—Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough into your elbow

Contain—Stay home if experiencing flu-like symptoms.

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