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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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Fulton 4-H members move on to state fair 07.28.10

Written by David Green.

Pre-fair judging of Fulton County 4-H projects has determined which club members have qualified for Ohio State Fair competition.

 The following abbreviations identify which honors were awarded:

HM = Honorable Mention

CW = County Winner

OM = Outstanding Model

SFR = State Fair Representative

Accessories for Teens—Madalyn Roth, CW, SFR; Sydney Rupp, HM; Mallorie Strauss, OM.

Alcohol Decisions—DaMeisha Damman, CW, SFR.

All Terrain Vehicles—Zeke Anderson, CW.

Arcs & Sparks—Quintin Keefer, CW, SFR; Zac Stewart, CW, SFR; Wesley Pierce, HM.

Art As Expression—Nichole Mohr, CW, SFR; Ellen Warfield, CW.

Basic Archery—Jacob Armstrong, CW; Connor Hicks, HM.

Basic Beekeeping—Michael Gillen, CW; Zebadiah Smith, HM.

Becoming Money Wise—Carra Gilson, CW.

Bicycle Adventures 1—Connor Hagans, CW, SFR.

Cake Decorating, Jr.—Hana Hettmansperger, CW, SFR; Emily Gafner, HM; Hannah Herr, HM.

Cake Decorating, Sr.—Carley Hoffmire, CW, SFR.

Cat 1—Cassandra Lee, CW; Tara Lulfs, CW; Rebecca Sheets, HM; Michelle Connors, HM.

Cat 2—Mandie Atwater, CW.

Cat 3—Emma Carpenter, HM.

Clothes for Middle School—Emalee Stewart, CW, SFR; Emily Roth, HM.

Collectibles—Wesley Pierce, HM; Matthew Wagner, HM.

Crank it Up—Megan Wagner, CW.

Creative Costumes—Mattea Zuver, CW, SFR.

Creative Writing—Keegan Scott, CW; Grace Shumaker, CW; Katie Spiess, HM.

Designing Interiors—Carissa Call, CW, SFR; Carra Gilson, HM; Erica VanLoocke, HM; Amy Miller, HM.

Dress Up Outfit—Kira Andre, CW, SFR; Amber Gombash, HM.

Explore Insect World I—Emma Anderson, CW; McCormick Warncke, HM.

Family History Treasure Hunt—Morgan Schmidt, CW, SFR; Lydia Wyse, CW, SFR; Alexandria Lee, HM.

Fast Break for Breakfast—Brynn Ballmer, CW, SFR; Tanner Callicotte, HM .

Finishing Up—Jon Boesger, CW, SFR.

First Aid in Action—Bailey O’Neil, CW, SFR.

Fishing for Beginners—Christian Renner, HM.

Fishing for Intermediates—Cal Gilson, CW.

Focus on Photo Level 1—Rebecka Baker, CW, SFR; Allison Kelsey, CW.

Focus on Photo Level 2—Matthew Lenz, CW, SFR; Zeke Anderson, CW; Kristen Fandrey, CW; Kyle Brackman, HM.

Food & Fitness Choices—Rylee Ford, CW, SFR; Alexis Bender, HM.

Food & Fitness for Fun—April Beaverson, CW, SFR; Jessica Perez, HM; Leah Cole, HM.

Frugal Fashion—Marissa Callicotte, CW, SFR.

Fun with Clothes—Andrea Smithmyer, CW, SFR.

Growing in Communities—Mariah Call, CW, SFR.

Growing with the Seasons—Perry Andre, CW; Jessica Sexton, HM.

How Does Your Garden Grow—Megan Gillen, CW; Claire Smith, HM.

I Spy in the Kitchen—Kendra Sanford, CW, SFR; Natalie Roth, HM.

It’s Time for Clothing, Beginner Sarah Pilbeam, HM.

It’s Time for Clothing, Intermediate—McKenzie Hilton, CW, SFR.

Joyful Jumper—Dominique Dale, CW.

Keeping Fit—Johnathan Wagner, CW, SFR; Emily Natter, CW, SFR.

Lawn Care—Brian O’Neil, CW.

Let’s Bake Quick Breads—DaRanda Damman, CW, SFR; Emma Cobb, HM.

Let’s Explore Outdoor I—Madeleine Wixom, CW; Keely Bingman, HM.

Lounging Apparel—Bailey O’Neil, CW.

Magic of Electricity—Aaron Johnston, CW, SFR; Mason Maginn, HM.

Making the Cut—Jacob Buchhop, CW, SFR; Kaylee Ehman, CW, SFR; Lynnsey Crouch, HM; Austin Mohler, HM.

Measuring Up—Joshua Simon, CW, SFR.

Nailing it Together—Austin Bartos, CW, SFR; Alec Scholl, HM.

Ohio Birds—Cody French, CW; Owen LaPlante, HM .

One on One—Trever Ford, CW.

Pathways to Culinary Success—Nicholas Wilcoxon, CW, SFR; Mary Imre, HM .

Pet Rabbit—Megan Gillen, CW; Hannah Rittichier, CW.

Racing the Clock to Awesome Meals—Keegan Scott, CW, SFR; Emily Callicotte, CW.

Radio Controlled Vehicles—Andrew Baughman, CW, SFR; Johnathan Curtis, HM.

Ready, Let’s Sew—Hannah Rex, CW, SFR; Maureen O’Neil, HM; Jenna Simon, HM.

Rockets Away—Cody French, CW; Matthew Hardin, HM; Eric Isreal, HM.

Rockets- Estes Type– Ross Andre, CW.

Safe Use of Guns—Ben Zuver, CW; Cal Gilson, HM.

Science Fun with Electricity—Tyson Miller, CW.

Scrapbooking, Jr.—Mollee Williamson, CW, SFR; Grace Bryson, CW; Hannah Gombash, CW.

Scrapbooking, Sr.—Melani Seiler, CW, SFR; Taylor Betz, CW; Kalley Martin, CW; Sarah Pratt, CW.

Self Determined, Jr.—Hannah McKeever, CW.

Self Determined, Sr.—Nicholas Erbskorn, CW, SFR.

Self Determined Natural Resources—Bailey Kern, CW, SFR; Gabe Witt, HM.

Sewing for Others—Kallie Strauss, CW, SFR.

Shooting Sports Archery—Kristen Knisel, CW, SFR.

Shooting Sports Pistol—Wade Deily, CW, SFR; Evalee Deily, HM.

Shooting Sports Rifle—Danielle Baker, CW; TJ Baker, HM; Michael Baker, HM.

Snack Attack—Keely Bingman, CW, SFR.

Speak Out—Keegan Scott, CW, SFR.

Sports Nutrition 1—Zachary Lenz, CW, SFR; Amy Miller, HM.

Sportswear for Spectators—Liz Maginn, CW, SFR.

Soybeans—Derek Loeffler, CW.

Star Spangled Foods—Jessica Stackhouse, CW, SFR; Payton Black, HM.

Teens on the Road to Financial Success—Brittany Stilwill, CW.

The Outdoor Chef—Taylor Wilcoxon, CW, SFR.

Tractor 1—McCormick Warncke, CW, SFR.

Tractor 2—Connor Ruetz, CW.

Vegetable Gardening I—Madeleine Wixom, CW; Brooklynn Christy, HM.

Vet 1—Jesse Smith, CW, SFR; Paige Holdridge, HM; Rachel Buchhop, HM.

Vet 2—Courtney Thebes, CW, SFR; Sarah Sheets, HM; Greta Oswald, HM.

Vet 3—Danielle Thieman, CW, SFR; Kasedy Barbee, CW.

Writing and Reporting for Teens—Alexander Bartos, CW.

Yeast Breads on the Rise—Helena Snyder, CW, SFR.

You & Your Dog—Nicolas Kearney, CW, SFR.

You’re the Chef—Emily Brinegar, CW, SFR; Mary Kate D’Esposito, HM; Jody Schwyn, HM.

Most Outstanding Photography Project—Matthew Lenz.

Most Outstanding Woodworking Project—Jonathan Boesger.

Most Outstanding Vegetable Gardening Project—Perry Andre.

Most Outstanding Flower Gardening Project—Megan Gillen.

Most Outstanding Pet Rabbit Project—Megan Gillen.

Jr. Dog Skillathon—1st place- Chris Foor, Countryside Clovers.

Sr. Dog Skillathon—1st place– Elizabeth Gillen, Nifty 4-H’ers; 2nd place– Kay Snyder, Delta Country Gals & Guys; 3rd place– Danielle Marvin, 4-H Gainers & Leaders; 4th place– Keegan Scott, Tail Waggers.

High Point Dog Showmanship Winner: Elizabeth Gillen, Nifty 4-H’ers.

Ohio State Fair Horse Qualifiers—Makayla Dennis, Elizabeth Wiemken, Rachel Beck, Madysen Schmitz, Dakota Kesler, Ashley Burkholder, Lexie Shipman, Zoe Poling, Logan Griesinger, Hanna Knapp, Alissa Daniels, Rachel Davis, Tiffany Burkheimer, Grant Hildreth, Aileen Santry, Mikaela Oyer, Ashley Condon, Danielle Baker, Courtney Burkheimer, Sidney Fetterly, Katelyn Brown.

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