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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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New books at Stair Public Library 03.23.2011

Written by David Green.

Many new books have recently been added to the shelves at Stair Public Library. Stop in and check them out.

Adult Fiction

“Separate Beds: a novel” by Elizabeth Buchan

“A Time to Love” by Barbara Cameron

“Other Eyes” by Barbara D'Amato

“Fire the Sky” by Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

“Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan

“Thereby Hangs a Tail” by Spencer Quinn

“To Fetch a Thief” by Spencer Quinn

“I’d Know You Anywhere” by Laura Lippman

“The Undertaking: life studies from the dismal trade” by Thomas Lynch

“The Perfect Happiness” by Santa Montefiore

“Heartwood” by Belva Plain

“Clara and Mr. Tiffany: a novel” by Susan Vreeland

“If You Follow Me: a novel” by Malena Watrous

“Strategic Moves” by Stuart Woods

“The Leisure Seeker” by Michael Zadoorian


“The Pioneer Woman: black heels to tractor wheels: a love story” by Ree Drummond

“Full Catastrophe Living: using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness” by Jon Kabat-Zinn

“The Winter of our Disconnect: how three totally wired teenagers (and a mother who slept with her iPhone) pulled the plug on their technology and lived to tell the tale” by Susan Maushart

“How to Raise the Perfect Dog: through puppyhood and beyond by Cesar Millan with Melissa Jo Peltier

“Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua

“The No-cry Discipline Solution: gentle ways to encourage good behavior without whining, tantrums & tears” by Elizabeth Pantley

“Princess Tea: parties and treats for little girls” by Janeen A. Sarlin, with Noelle Shipley; photographs by Sheri Giblin

“Grandloving: making memories with your grandchildren” by Sue Johnson and Julie Carlson; illustrated by Ronnie Walter Shipman

“Autobiography of Mark Twain Volume 1” by Harriet Elinor Smith, editor; associate editors: Benjamin Griffin, Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Sharon K. Goetz, Leslie Myrick.


“Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty; illustrated by David Roberts

“April and Esme, Tooth Fairies” by Bob Graham

“Joey Fly 2, Private Eye in Big Hairy Drama” by Aaron Reynolds

“Mouse and Mole: a winter wonderland” by Wong Herbert Yee

Juvenile Fiction

“Agent Q, or the Smell of Danger!” by M.T. Anderson; illustrations by Kurt Cyrus

“City of Glass” by Cassandra Clare

“Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit” by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

“The Gift” by James Patterson and Ned Rust

“Big Nate from the Top” by Lincoln Peirce

“Big Nate: in a class by himself” by Lincoln Peirce

“Big Nate Strikes Again” by Lincoln Peirce

“The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-fu Cavemen from the Future” by Dav Pilkey, creator, by George Beard and Harold Hutchins

“A Good Horse” by Jane Smiley; illustrations by Elaine Clayton

Juvenile non-fiction

“The Art Book for Children. Book two” text by Amanda Renshaw

“13 American Artists Children Should Know” by Brad Finger

“13 Artists Children Should Know” by Angela Wenzel

“13 Sculptures Children Should Know” by Angela Wenzel

“13 Paintings Children Should Know” by Angela Wenzel


“From North to South” by Ren Colato Lanez; illustrations, Joe Cepeda = Del norte al sur by cuento, Ren Colato Lanez ; ilustraciones, Joe Cepeda.

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