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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.

Fayette Civil War Encampment 04.28.10

Written by David Green.

The fifth annual Thistle Ridge Civil War Era Encampment is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Thistle Ridge Encampment Site located just east of the Fayette Community Park and water treatment plant.

This year the event will focus on the final chapter of the American Civil War—the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House.

The event is designed to offer Civil War scholars, students and their families, and interested citizens an opportunity to learn more about the American Civil War and the people’s lives who were impacted by this pivotal historical event.

Reënactors from the 21st Ohio OVI and the 4th Michigan receive support for the annual program from the Fayette Arts Council and the Bean Creek Civil War Round Table.

Educational experiences begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day. The culminating event is planned at 9:30 p.m. with the night firing of a replica of Civil War cannon.

While visiting the site, participants may experience everything from the recruitment process through military exercises and demonstrations. To emphasize the authenticity of the event, visitors may even opt to experience the taste of a ration of hard tack.

The atmosphere will be relaxed, with reënactors and living historians staying in first person character to portray an authentic educational experience.  

Supporters of the Thistle Ridge Encampment cooperate to present this living history event free of charge to interested citizens of all ages.

Anyone interested in joining the Bean Creek Civil War Round Table, or planning local activities for the 2011-2015 150th Anniversary of the event, should visit the Round Table’s information tent.


Re-enactors Offer In-School and Home School Programs

In addition to the activities scheduled at the Saturday Encampment, reënactors from the 21st Ohio and 4th Michigan will visit Fayette schools May 14th from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and will follow that with a 3 p.m. program at the Opera House for home school students, their parents and interested citizens.

The reënactors from these units will discuss with audience members the life and times of the individuals who participated in the “war between the states.”

Those interested in the 3 p.m. program  should call the Fayette Opera House Box Office at 419/237-3111 and leave a message with the number of people planning to attend.

For additional information, call 419/237-2683.

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