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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 Methodists plan Soup-r-Bowl -1.26.2011

Written by David Green.

church.soup.greyThe Morenci United Methodist Church Soup-r-Bowl Sunday project was successful the last two years, but this year should far outweigh the others.

This time it’s going to be a challenge among churches or any other organizations that wish to get involved.

“The last two years we’ve done it with the Methodist Church only,” explained Sharon Cardinal, who is coordinating the project. “It was a big success, but we decided to expand it to other churches this year.”

During the first two years of the project, church members donated cans of soup to help stock shelves at the Morenci Ministerial Association’s food bank housed at the Church of the Nazarene.

In addition, donation boxes were placed at Borchardt Brothers Market and Dollar General, and a friendly competition got underway between the two stores to see which one ended with the bigger collection.

All of that will be repeated this year, but letters were also sent to other churches in town to see if they wanted to get in on the collection.

A Soup-r-Bowl bowl trophy was created and each year a “cracker” will be added with the name of the winning church or organization listed. The trophy will stay with the winner over the next year.

The contest will wrap up in the churches on Feb. 6, the day of the Super Bowl football game, and the store boxes will be collected Feb. 7 for a final count.

“Super Bowl Sunday is a great time to be reminded that in winter the need is great for food and a perfect time for stocking the shelves with soup in cans, boxes or envelopes,” Cardinal said.

In addition to the traditional 10-ounce can, United Methodist pastor Donna Galloway urges people to consider the larger family-size cans that could provide a family with a good portion of a meal.

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