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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.

George Isobar reviews November weather 12.08.2010

Written by David Green.


The dry times are over.

After three months with only four inches of rain, conditions changed in November with above-average precipitation recorded.

“It took a while to get going,” said George Isobar, National Weather Service climate observer for Morenci. “The month was half over before we got much to talk about, but then it started coming.”

Two-thirds of an inch fell Nov. 16 and more than an inch came down a week later. Another inch was recorded a couple of days later.

“We ended with 3.59 inches which is about a quarter inch above average,” Isobar said.

2010 proved to be one of those years with nothing more than a trace of November snow.

“We had a few flakes early in the month, on Nov. 4, and there were ice pellets before a rainstorm began Nov. 24,” Isobar said. “But that was it. Now we’re still waiting for the real thing in December.”

The average from the past 36 years is 2.4 inches.

The average temperature for November came in one degree above the long-term normal in Toledo. The high temperature for the month was recorded Nov. 13 at 69°.

“Toledo recorded 72° that day, which tied a 1989 record,” Isobar said. “But the most unusual day was on the 22nd. Toledo recorded a high of 66 and a low of only 57. With that warm night, the average  temperature of the day was 24° above normal.”

In Toledo, Isobar said, the sky was sunnier than normal and the wind speed averaged 7.6 miles an hour. The highest gust was recorded on Thanksgiving at 41 miles an hour.

DECEMBER—“You probably don’t want to talk about this unless you’re a winter weather enthusiast,” Isobar said.

Who knows what’s coming, he said, but here’s a little of what’s been in the past.

The average snowfall since 1975 is about nine inches. Many years we don’t get much to talk about, Isobar said, maybe two or three inches. Other years, like in 2000, we end up with more than two feet to bump up the average.

Look for some single-digit cold weather, too, he said, but hopefully not single-digit below zero.

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