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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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Nominations sought for distinguished alumni 2012.01.11

Written by David Green.

The nomination deadline for the Morenci High School Distinguished Alumni award is approaching. Nominations are due Jan. 31 and the awards will be presented April 14 at the 10th annual Morenci Education Foundation Dinner and Auction.

The goal of the program, said foundation president Bill Van Valkenburg, is to honor at least four Morenci alumni annually based on the accomplishments in their careers, as well as their involvement in the community.

A total of 35 Morenci graduates have been honored in the nine years of the program’s existence.

Nominations may be made by obtaining a nomination form from the Morenci Education Foundation website ( Look for the Distinguished Alumni button to print a form.

In addition, a letter of nomination can be submitted without using the form.

Nominations should be taken to the Morenci Board of Education office on Page Street or mailed to: Volunteer Club, 700 E. Coomer St., Morenci MI 49256.

Students in the Volunteer Club assist the foundation in evaluating nominations and making the final selections.


Neil Fletcher, Class of 1951; Connie Ries, Class of 1973; Jeffrey Van Havel, Class of 1981; John W. Van Valkenburg, Class of 1948.


Thomas Clark, Class of 1969; Stephanie Diccion-MacDonald, Class of 1980; Ronald Keller, Class of 1954; Gene Smith, Class of 1954.


John Bancroft, Class of 1965; Sharon (Thomas) Ebersole, Class of 1956; Robert Green, Class of 1941.


Louise Brazee, Class of 1963; Dan Bruggeman, Class of 1956; Robert Van Wagner, Class of 1950.


Judith (Richardson) Britsch, Class of 1964; Rosemary (Garrow) Dickerson, Class of 1975; Douglas Lockhart, Class of 1977; Susan (Whitehouse) Wiley, Class of 1962.


Kenneth Graham, Class of 1953; Roger Hart, Class of 1976; Jeffrey Vereecke, Class of 1979.


Michelle (Grieder) Bovee, Class of 1984; David Green, Class of 1968; Mark Pennington, Class of 1973.


Larry Gould, Class of 1961; Kathleen Phelps-Hererra, Class of 1967; Dwight Mansfield, Class of 1968; Timothy Kruse, Class of 1977.


Glen Smith, Class of 1954; William VanArsdalen, Class of 1947; Janice Clelland, Class of 1983.


Jack Sampson, Class of 1955; John Geisler, Class of 1956; Teresa Foster, Class of 1976; Wendee Wolf-Schlarf, Class of 1980.

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