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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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Lenawee United Way announces county-wide grants 1.27.10

Written by David Green.

Lenawee United Way board members met Jan. 19 and established funding priorities for 15 programs. The funding cycle will begin in April and continue through July 2012.

Priority issues identified in the agency’s community investment process includes basic needs, financial stability and health.

Last month, 26 volunteers representing a cross-section of the community reviewed 25 proposals from 22 county agencies.

The following proposals were approved for funding:

• Adrian Medical Clinic (Family Medical Center) $35,000;

• Childcare (Adrian Community Preschool) $20,000;

• Children’s Advocacy Program (Family Counseling & Children’s Services), $50,000;

• Citizenship and Community Life (HOPE Community Center), $35,000;

• Club-based Mentoring (Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee), $17,000;

• Complete Approach to Self-sufficiency (Community Action Agency), $45,000;

• Counseling Voucher Program (Catholic Charities/Family Counseling & Children’s Services), $45,000;

• Daily Distributions (Associated Charities), $45,000;

• Family Support Program (Child Care Network), $20,000;

• Homeless to Home Ownership (Habitat for Humanity), $20,000;

• Housing First (Lenawee Emergency & Affordable Housing Corporation), $50,000;

• Lenawee Dental Clinic (Family Medical Center), $45,000;

• Legal Advice and Representation (Legal Services of South Central Michigan), $25,000;

• Workers on Wheels (Goodwill Industries), $30,000;

• Youth Start (Goodwill Industries), $18,000.

In 2002 United Way of America encouraged local United Ways to approach funding through “community investment.” It called upon United Way agencies to focus on specific community-minded issues and to work with nonprofit groups to reach measurable goals.

In 2007, the Lenawee United Way board of directors voted and approved a community investment model for Lenawee County. This model invests in agencies and programs that show marked improvement and measurable results over time, with specific goals linked to priority areas.

Community investment is described as engagement and participation, with  a focus on critical human service needs in the community among the economically disadvantaged. Using this model allows donor dollars to have a greater impact on the recipients and gives donors the opportunity to do more with their contributions.

The Lenawee United Way fund-raising campaign continues through the next few months with final totals to be announced in June at the annual meeting.

The mission of Lenawee United Way is to mobilize community resources to create a measurably better life for the people of Lenawee County.

For more information, contact Lenawee United Way at 517/263-4696 or visit

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