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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.

Fayette Methodist planning community meals 2011.12.14

Written by David Green.

When it comes to having dinner with friends—and even strangers—no one beats the members of the Fayette United Methodist Church.

The church opened for a free community meal last Easter and again on Thanksgiving. Now it’s time to plan the Christmas dinner.

“Originally, we were targeting families who might not be able to provide dinner or those who were eating alone,” said Rev. Kathy Currier. “As the dinners have evolved, we have found that many people in the community who just want to share the holiday with others have come out to enjoy great food and fellowship in the church basement.”

At the recent Thanksgiving meal, 75 dinners were served to residents of Fayette and the surrounding area—many more than the 20-some meals served at Easter.

“We were thrilled to see folks in the community who might not have other plans on the holiday come out and enjoy each others’ company,” Rev. Currier said.

She figures that some people had their holiday celebrations the week before or after the holiday, and found themselves with nowhere to go on Thanksgiving day. 

“The basement was full and we delivered about 25 meals to others in the community who could not get out,” she said.

Church members and friends will provide the Christmas Day dinner, which will include turkey and ham, mashed potatoes, vegetable, cranberry salad, rolls and fresh pies. 

“A Christmas feast!” Rev. Currier says.

Her husband, Jim, organizes the event, and volunteers from the church help serve and greet guests as they arrive.

“We would love to see this community meal grow each year,” she said. “Perhaps in the future we will partner with other Fayette area churches, if it becomes too big for our basement.”

The Christmas dinner is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Christmas day. The church is located at 305 E. Main St.

For additional information or to help with meal delivery, call 419/237-2974 or 237-2322.

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