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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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Lenawee County Fair winners 2011.08.03

Written by David Green.

The following area 4-H members won awards at this year’s Lenawee County Fair. Information was provided by the 4-H office.


• Hayze Wolf, Medina Pioneers, Chianina Grand Champion, Crossbreed Grand Champion, Reserve Champion Showman, Overall Supreme Champion.

 • Allison Hyder, Medina Pioneers, Maine Anjou Reserve Champion, Maine Anjou Overall Champion, Champion Showman.

Market Beef

• Riley Burk, Lenawee Tech FFA, Grand Champion Steer; Champion County Bred.

• Daniel Stutzman, State Line Hustlers, Reserve Champion Steer.

• Hayze Wolf, Medina Pioneers, Grand Champion Feeder Calf; Senior Feeder Calf Showman.

• Jarrett Waters, Medina Pioneers, Junior Beef Showman.


• Travis Zuvers, Medina Pioneers, Intermediate Showmanship, first place; Overall Showmanship Champion; Reserve Champion Large Foul; Champion AOV; Reserve Champion Production.

• Clayton Bachman, Medina Pioneers, Champion Large Foul; Reserve Best of Show Fowl.

• Sophia Whipple, Medina Pioneers, Junior Showmanship, second place; Light Weight Production Flying Contest, third place.

• Thomas Hodshire, Medina Pioneers, Reserve Champion Bantam.

• Emily Shoemaker, Medina Pioneers, Light Weight Production Flying Contest, second place.

• Luci Shaffer, Bits & Pieces, Intermediate Showmanship, second place; Reserve Champion Overall Showman; Reserve Champion AOV.


• Cheyanne Travioli, Dodge City Wranglers, Novice Champion Western Pleasure Horse; Champion AQHA Halter Horse.

• Tim VanPelt, Clip-Cloppers, Champion Grade Halter Pony.

Static projects


• Taylor Baugh, State Line Hustlers, extra special honors and special honors, crafts;

• Haylee, Green, Medina Pioneers, special honors.

• Anna Loar, Medina Pioneers, special honors; special honors, foods and nutrition.

• Lauren Taylor, State Line Hustlers, extra special honors and special honors, floral and indoor gardening.

• Mary Margaret Hollstein, State Line Hustlers, extra special honors and special honors arts; special honors, performing arts.

• Ashley Taylor, State Line Hustlers, extra special honors and special honors, arts.

• Edward Hollstein, State Line Hustlers, extra special honors, foods and nutrition.


• Zachary Morse, Medina Pioneers,

Reserve Champion Pygmy.


• Luke Craig, Medina Pioneers, Reserve Champion Market Hog, Reserve Champion Barrow

• JD Waters, Medina Pioneers, Reserve Champion Overall Showman

• Jarrett Waters, Medina Pioneers, Swine Showman, junior.

• JD Waters, Medina Pioneers, Swine Showman, intermediate.

• Alexis Wheeler, State Line Hustlers, first place Livestock Record Books Swine, Beginner.

Jr. Livestock Club Displays

Beef, Medina Pioneers, third place.

Swine, State Line Hustlers, second place.

Cloverbuds (5-8 year olds)

Medina Pioneers—Wyatt Loar, Aubree Fox, Kalie Mepham, Lauren Keller, Emily Shoemaker, Kaitlyn Sneyd, Davidson Sneyd, Collin Reckner, Emma Reckner, and Madison Keller. State Line Hustlers—Carolyn Gould and Blain Wheeler.

Open Class Beef Breeding

• Roger Wolf—Overall Supreme Champion, Champion Chianina Heifer, Champion Any Other Breed Heifer.

• Gaylord Kutzley, Champion Angus Heifer.

• David Halsey, Reserve Champion Angus Heifer, Reserve Any Other Breed Heifer.

 • Allison Hyder, Champion Maine Anjou Heifer, Reserve Maine Anjou Heifer.

• Don Fall, Champion Simmental Heifer.

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