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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.

Area post offices under review for change in delivery 2011.06.29

Written by David Green.


Changes may be on the horizon for three area post offices, but closure is not currently under consideration.

The post offices at Weston, Clayton and Sand Creek are under review for consolidation of operations, said Edward Moore, a United States Postal Service spokesperson out of the Detroit office, but the retail counters are expected to remain open.

Due to declining mail volume, delivery operations could be moved to other offices—for example, the Adrian office could handle Clayton delivery—but the office itself would remain open for counter sales, Moore said.

“Post offices are part of the community,” Moore said, and efforts will be made to keep offices open when possible. “Currently there are no closures that we’re planning for now.”

During an initial wave of post office closures in 2009, most were in urban areas, but 491 closures last year also targeted many rural locations. Thousands of offices are under review now for changes in services.

“Across the country we’re looking to streamline operations,” Moore said.

At the same time, the goal is keep the inconvenience to customers to a minimum. Moore said communities will be notified of any changes before they go into effect.

Moore said the review process for some communities includes moving post office counter sales to an existing business in the town and closing the post office building.

A recent article in the Washington Post  reported an $8.5 billion loss for the Postal Service in the 2010 fiscal year. First class mail peaked in 2006 at 150 billion pieces, but the volume had declined 20 percent by last year.

In addition to closing offices and  consolidating services, the Postal Service is considering the elimination of Saturday mail delivery.

Cost savings through five-day delivery are in dispute. The Postal Service says the move would trim $3.1 billion annually; the Postal Regulatory Commission (an independent agency providing oversight) says the savings would be closer to $1.4 billion.

The National Newspaper Association is among many groups fighting the Saturday proposal because many papers have Saturday delivery, and eliminating a day would slow the delivery of all papers outside the local area.

Rather than trim services, some legislators are urging the Postal Service to change the structure of the agency and trim costs by reducing “overly generous employee benefits.”

In addition to falling mail revenue and rising costs, the Postal Service faces an extra burden from a Congressional mandate requiring pre-funding of retiree benefits. Starting in 2007, the order added about $5 billion annually to the agency’s budget.

The Postal Service is the only federal agency facing the order to pre-fund retirement.

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