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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.

Fulton United Way begins campaign 10.27

Written by David Green.

The Fulton County United Way became visible to many residents last summer when the agency played a vital role in relief efforts following tornadoes.

The United Way may not be that obvious to most county residents, however, 30 local programs receive financial support from the agency, benefitting a wide range of people.

“The past few months have been challenging yet inspiring,” said Gina Saaf, Fulton County executive director. “Our county has continued to struggle with tough economic challenges. A portion of our county was severely damaged by tornadoes. In spite of these challenges, we have seen people from across the area band together to help their neighbors in need. This proves what most of us already knew, we live in a great, caring community.”

In addition to helping in times of a disaster, in the past year the United Way:

• Provided free tax preparation for low income families;

• Assisted cancer clients undergoing treatment;

• Obtained federal grants to assist emergency food and shelter programs, including the Fayette Food Pantry;

• Provided back packs, school supplies, and books to the children of families in need.

Hospice, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, Serenity Haven—those are but a few of the agencies supported by the Fulton County United Way,

“The goal for our fall campaign is to fully fund the 30 programs requesting funds,” Saaf said. “To do that, we must raise $305,000. This can be achieved if everyone works together and gives what they can.”

Every donation, large or small, contributes toward reaching that goal–and to a Fulton County that is ready and able to meet the needs of its citizens, Saaf added.

“Please take a moment and consider what a difference you could make in our community with your donation,” she said. “Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. That’s what it means to Live United.”

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