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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.

Foundation replacement planned at Fayette cemetery 2011.10.12

Written by David Green.

fay.cemeteryBy DAVID GREEN

Tipping tombstones at Fayette’s Pleasant View Union Cemetery are going to begin standing up straight at the rate of about 10 a year.

Working with the cemetery board, sexton Jason Ferguson is overseeing a foundation replacement project that will create a top-10 priority list of headstones that need attention. The work will be done at no cost to the lot owner.

Much of the cemetery consists of a heavy clay soil, Ferguson said, and that causes some long-term settling issues.

“Compound this with our cemetery’s only layout flaw—the tight parameter restrictions on burial spaces,” he said, and a problem emerges. “We have 10 feet in length to work with, and in this we have to fit a near eight-foot vault and an average two-foot wide foundation.”

Graves are excavated tight to the headstone foundation. When backfilled with clay soil, some stones tend to tilt toward the grave.

Tipping can also occur when a new foundation is installed after burial, placing it adjacent to the unsettled soil of the grave. Lot owners are encouraged to have a foundation poured before the need, he said.

“We are now spanning the lengths of foundations to fit the width of the grave spaces,” Ferguson said, and this joins the foundations like a narrow sidewalk. “Our thought is that the strength is in the length, or ‘the longer, the stronger.’”

Tipping stones are being repaired by removing the headstone, capping the tipping foundation with concrete to form a level surface, then reinstalling the headstone.

MEMORIAL TREES—More than a dozen trees have been removed at the cemetery over the past six years and two more dying ashes are slated to go. Not one of them has been replaced.

The board intends to soon introduce a memorial tree program to regenerate the tree population. Small memorial plaques will be placed at trees purchased by the public.

Look for details of the program in a future issue of the Observer.

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