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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.

City council to clean Observer wall 2011.09.28

Written by David Green.

Morenci city council voted unanimously Monday to attempt removal of the plaster remaining on the State Line Observer’s south wall following the demolition of the Dunbar Auction House.

observer_wallThe Dunbar property was purchased by the city earlier this year in anticipation of the demolition and the construction of a parking lot.

When the building was constructed in 1939, a north wall wasn’t built. Instead, plaster was applied to the Observer wall, and that’s what remains.

Art Erbskorn of the council’s Public Works committee introduced a motion to assist the business owners in attempting to clean the plaster off the Observer wall. Following a committee meeting at the site, it was decided that the best approach would be to use water to soften the plaster and then chip it off with a chisel. 

If the Observer owners decided the process was causing damage to the brick, the work would be halted.

Observer co-owner David Green said he and his wife, Colleen Leddy, have concerns about the use of the word “assist.”

“It makes it sound as though we’re sharing the responsibility where I don’t think it’s my responsibility,” he said.

“We’re trying to be good neighbors,” said mayor Keith Pennington.

“Not a responsible neighbor, just a good neighbor,” Green responded. “It’s the matter of responsibility that I’m concerned with, not just friendliness. You’ve left that on my wall and now you’re not taking responsibility for it.”

“I think the intent of the motion would be to take a step and try to resolve it,” Pennington said, “and if it doesn’t work, we’re going to have to talk some more.”

Councilor Jason Cook suggested removing the word “assist” from the motion.

“I think Jason is right,” said Observer co-owner Colleen Leddy. “The term ‘assist’ makes it sound like it’s our responsibility and you guys are just helping us out, whereas we’re saying it’s your responsibility and we’re helping you out.”

Councilor Tracy Schell offered an  amended motion: The city will take the next step in attempting to remove the plaster from the side of David Green’s building. If that doesn’t work, discussion with the owner will be continued.

The motion passed unanimously.

Verbal agreements were reached with owners of the Pizza Box, the historical museum and Johnson’s Gambles for easements that would allow work to proceed on the North Street parking south of the Observer office.

The contractor now believes that lot can finished along with the lots on the south side of Main Street. 

The North Street lot will incorporate 17 parking spaces.

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