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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 city council might switch phone service 07.21.10

Written by David Green.


Morenci city council might soon sever ties with Verizon (now Frontier) and switch  telephone service to D&P Cable.

City treasurer Stephanie Mossing estimates the city will save between $200 and $300 a month, including long distance calls. There would no longer be a charge for calls to Adrian and some other area communities.

Council members approved a motion July 12 to go forward with the change if there are no penalties or additional charges from Verizon for breaking the existing contracts. Mossing was instructed to contact Verizon.

D&P currently provides internet service to the city.

At a previous meeting, police chief Larry Weeks expressed concern about the loss of service during a power outage, but he was told that a battery back-up system provides eight hours of service.

Jamie LaRocca of D&P Cable said there is also a generator that will kick in and provide unlimited service. A telephone that does not require electricity to operate would be needed, however.

If internet service is out, LaRocca said, telephone service is not affected.

LaRocca said his company would be willing to pay any penalties from Verizon. In addition, he said, there’s no contract with D&P. If the city is unhappy with the service, there’s no penalty for ending it.

LaRocca said the only change in service is that the 517 area code is needed even for Morenci calls in order to receive the fastest connection.

FESTIVAL—The Morenci Town and Country Festival ended this year’s run with a profit, and planning is already underway for next year.

“I think we had a very great festival,” committee member Kori Christle said. “We’ve heard lots of positive feedback.”

The committee intends to sign as many contracts as possible this summer for the 2011 festival rather than wait until next year.

“It would help us in seeking donations,” Christle said.

The committee would like to receive quarterly financial reports from the city and make quarterly reports to city council.

Committee member Sue Snyder said the decision to drop Sunday and go with a Thursday-Friday-Saturday schedule was a good one. Vendors and the carnival company reported doing better business with that arrangement.

Christle said the committee is always seeking volunteers to help with events.

“You don’t need to attend all the meetings,” she said. “Just volunteer to do one thing.”

The committee also welcomes ideas for activities to add to the festival schedule.

FENCE—Council approved an ordinance amendment that limits the height of front-yard fences to 36-inches.

Council Tracy Schell stated that she thinks 36 inches is too short, and she voted against the amendment.

TAHOE—Bids will be sought for the sale of the 2006 Tahoe police cruiser.

MEMBER—Tyler Schell was approved as the newest member of the Morenci Fire Department.

Councilor Schell noted that the department’s ladder truck was used for the first time in a farm rescue call.

NEW POSITION—Chief Weeks told council that 15 applications were received for the part-time secretarial position.

VANDALISM—Audience member Kathy Knoblauch asked if anything is being done about broken windows and graffiti.

Chief Weeks said there are no leads in the cases but he welcomes tips. Taxpayer money cannot be used for rewards for private property, he said, but there is a fund set up through Lenawee Crimestoppers.

Tips can be left anonymously by calling 887/276-8477 or on-line at Lenawee’s Most Wanted.

“Lots of kids are out late,” Snyder said, asking about the city’s curfew.

Weeks said the curfew is in effect for children under 16 years of age.

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