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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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Fayette school enrollment declines 10.20.2010

Written by David Green.

f.enroll.10.jpgBy DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s K-12 enrollment fell by 18 students from a year ago to 448, but the large number enrolled in preschool gives some hope for a rebound next year.

The decrease translates into a loss of about $97,000 in state support.

This year’s kindergarten class stands at an unusually low 19 students—17 fewer students than a year ago. Preschool enrollment grew from 18 last year to 31 this year.

The third grade class is the next smallest with 26 students—the only class in the 20s.

The school’s largest class—this year’s sixth grade—continues to grow, with four more members than a year ago to stand at 51. That makes nine new students in two years.

The freshman class also grew by four to 41, while the second grade, tenth grade and senior class each lost four students over the summer.

Open enrollment figures didn’t change much from a year ago, but the gap between those who choose another district vs. those who choose Fayette shrunk by two to 12. Twenty-eight Fayette students chose to enroll in other districts, while 16 students from other districts are attending Fayette.

WIND TURBINE—The supporting tower for the school’s wind turbine is scheduled to ship this week, superintendent Russ Griggs said at the Oct. 18 board of education meeting, and the turbine unit will ship the following week.

Excavation should begin next week in preparation for pouring concrete to anchor the unit.

Griggs is working with the Buehrer Group architects to enable the public to monitor the turbine operation via the internet.

“It’s going to be exciting, after three years, to see something happening,” Griggs said about the work scheduled next week.

CAFETERIA—Participation in the school lunch program has grown, said treasurer Kelly Bentley. A comparison was made between last February and September.

Start-up costs for the new school year came in at $11,000 less than the previous year.

Food service director Marilyn Kinsman is making a good effort to stretch the budget while maintaining quality meals, Griggs said.

ACCOUNTING—Bentley said that more than 200 accounts will either have to be created or altered to meet the state’s new “evidence based” accounting model. The plan is designed to ensure that state funding is going for classroom spending.

MATH—Defiance school administrators noted the success that Fayette Elementary School shows on mathematics testing and two Fayette teachers were invited to give a workshop in Defiance. Substitute teachers will be paid by Defiance.

EXCELLENT—Fayette High School maintained its “excellent” status through the state testing program.

TREES—Dan Seiler is planting trees on the school grounds at no cost. Two classes are interested in having trees planted as gifts to the school.

DONATIONS—The Christian Church Women Ministries donated winter accessories for elementary students in need. The Fayette United Methodist Church donated a variety of school supplies.

“We appreciate their contributions,” said board president David Brinegar. “It shows what kind of a community we have.”

The district also received an anonymous $500 donation for the athletic department.

TRAINER—Board members approved a contract for an athletic trainer at the cost of $17.50 an hour.

VOLLEYBALL—Adult volleyball games will begin Nov. 3 at the school.

RECOVERY—The board approved a “credit recovery” program that could help students obtain needed credit for graduation. Students are able to take a class via the internet in an effort to obtain a passing grade.

DRIVER—Dave Schultz was approved as a volunteer van driver to help with FFA trips.

LEAVE—An extended unpaid leave was granted to Kylie Rufenacht. She will return to work Feb. 1, 2011.

THANKS—Board member Kirk Keiser expressed his thanks to the community, the school staff and students, and board members for their cooperation, support and love during the illness of his son, Kellen, particularly during the past two months leading up to his death.

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