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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.

Morenci Kiwanis plans for busy season 11.10.2010

Written by David Green.

The Morenci Kiwanis Club is gearing up for its busy season. The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays lead to hard work for club members.

Plans for the community Thanksgiving dinner served in the high school cafeteria on Thanksgiving Day are underway. Everyone in the community is invited to attend the dinner for friendship, fellowship and a traditional turkey dinner.

The Wishing Tree project served more than 200 area children last Christmas, providing gifts to each child and food to their 115 families.

Paper stars that list clothing sizes of each child and their wish list for a toy or two are hung on Christmas trees at United Bank and Trust, First Federal Bank and Stair Public Library. Members of the  public choose a star, buy gifts for that child, and return the wrapped gifts to the location where they chose the star. Then Kiwanis members organize the presents for families to pick up prior to Christmas.  The stars should be ready for the public by Nov. 15.

During this holiday season, Kiwanis members will also be seen at various locations ringing the bell to benefit the Salvation Army. Members of the Morenci High Area School Volunteer Club offer their time to help with this project, too.

Other projects Morenci Kiwanis members are involved in throughout the year include the Rex Riley Soup and Pie Dinner for college scholarships, Morenci Elementary School Book Fair, fifth grade camp, Morenci Little League and Morenci’s summer youth recreation program. The club donates dictionaries each year to third grade students, places American flags in participating residents’ lawns, supplies smoke detectors to residents through the local fire department, delivers Meals on Wheels lunches to senior citizens, and donates to Mott Children’s Hospital, Morenci Athletic Boosters, Morenci Food Bank and Morenci Garden Club.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the opportunities available to make a difference in the community is invited to attend a Kiwanis meeting. The Morenci Kiwanis Club meets at noon every Wednesday at the Eagles Lodge, 239 W. Main St., in downtown Morenci.

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