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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.

Fish consumption warnings posted 3.31.10

Written by David Green.

Stricter fish consumption advisories have been posted in two Northwest Ohio locations.

The state has developed the fish consumption advisory updates for the 2010 fishing season based on detection levels found in samples taken in 28 waterways in the 2008 fishing season.

A statewide advisory remains in effect for one fish meal per week for all fish not otherwise specified due to mercury still found in fish tissue samples. Mercury poses the greatest risk for women of child-bearing age, pregnant and nursing mothers and children under 15. Fish contaminated with high levels of mercury have been shown to cause neurological damage and impaired development of young children.

Tighter limitations are recommended for safely consuming your catch in the following water bodies:

• Lake Erie—One meal every two months is advised due to PCBs for channel catfish, common carp 27” and over and lake trout. One meal per month is advised due to PCBs for Chinook salmon 19” and over, coho salmon, common carp under 27”, freshwater drum, smallmouth bass, steelhead trout, white bass, whitefish and  white perch, and due to PCB and mercury in rock bass, and mercury in brown bullhead and largemouth bass.

• Maumee River—One meal per month is advised from the Indiana state line to Waterville due to PCBs for freshwater drum and smallmouth bass, mercury and PCBs for smallmouth buffalo and mercury for common carp and flathead catfish.  One meal every two months is advised from Waterville to Lake Erie due to PCBs in channel catfish. One meal per month is advised due to PCBs in freshwater drum and smallmouth bass, mercury and PCBs in smallmouth buffalo and mercury in common carp and flathead catfish.

In addition to these updates, all Ohio fish advisories can be found on Ohio EPA's Web site at or by calling 800/755-4769.

More detailed information about fish consumption can be found at Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Centers, local health departments, Ohio Department of Natural Resources district offices and Ohio EPA offices.

For the latest advisory, Ohio EPA and ODNR evaluated 469 samples. The information helps Ohio’s fishing community make informed decisions about consuming their catch. To learn more about fishing and shellfish purchased outside Ohio, visit the federal government Web site:

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