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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 school board discusses weight room policy 02.09.2011

Written by David Green.


Morenci’s board of education is working toward a change in the usage policy of the weight room, and some residents are hoping the public is still part of the new policy.

Community member Brad Pike told the board he’s aware of a proposed policy change that would no longer allow community use of the facility. He thinks the existing policy is a good one, but it needs to be enforced.

Board president Scott Merillat said the current policy isn’t working and the board instructed athletic director Taz Wallace to come up with a new set of rules. Wallace came up with a proposal and has since made revisions, Merillat said, but he was unable to attend the meeting to present it.

Merillat said there are individuals using the room who don’t have keys. Board member Phil McCaskey added that there are people under 21 years of age who are using it and that some people are working out alone, which is against the policy.

Pike said he understands the concern about liability issues, but he doesn’t want responsible users to be punished. He’s donated equipment to the facility and cleaned it up over the years that he’s used it.

Pike said it was his understanding that the facility was designated for public use when it was built and he doesn’t think it’s right to cut off use of the weight room after a student graduates. For example, he said, McCaskey’s daughter is a college athlete who follows a workout routine when she’s home. Will she no longer be allowed to use the weight room?

“For a small school like this, that’s a great facility,” Pike said.

He thinks it’s a good perk for the community, and if it were no longer available, people would be left with the option of traveling to a gym in Adrian.

Merillat said he thinks Wallace’s revisions will address some of Pike’s concerns. He said the facility is first and foremost for the students, and Pike said he agrees.

Teacher and coach Dan Hoffman said he’s spent more time in the weight room with students than anyone in recent years and he would be glad to discuss proposed changes.

Superintendent of schools Michael Osborne urged Pike to look at the revisions before the next board meeting to see of there are lingering concerns. Merillat expects the board to vote on a new policy at the March 8 meeting.

PRINCIPALS—Osborne read a tribute to principals in anticipation of Principals Week.

LEGISLATORS—Osborne urges residents to contact the new legislators in Lansing to make them aware of the importance their decisions have on local schools.

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