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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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Michigan Notable Books 2012.03.28

Written by David Green.

Stair Public Library was chosen again this year to serve as a host site for the Michigan Notable Books author tour.

Dr. Anthony Youn, who wrote the book “In Stitches: a memoir” with Alan Eisenstock, will visit Stair at 4 p.m. SundayApril 29 to talk about his book and his life.

Dr. Youn, a Korean-American plastic surgeon based in Troy, Mich., is well known in his field and has made several visits to the Rachael Ray Show to talk about facelifts, how to look younger, cellulite solutions and more. He’s also presented a segment about how to spot plastic surgery.

He’s written several scientific papers and he’s been quoted in many popular magazine articles. His “Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery” blog is considered the most popular in the country for plastic surgery talk.

Success in his field came long after his “awkward nerd” teen-age years. His book tells of the transition from the shy, skinny kid growing up in Greenville, Mich., to his current standing among the top plastic surgeons. It’s described as a “hilarious fish-out-of-water” memoir that tells what it’s like to become a doctor.


When a Michigan Notable Book author visits Stair Public Library, there are always several related activities to augment, lift and inject interest into the author’s talk.

Library staff members are planning a range of activities prior to Dr. Youn’s visit. Activities under consideration include a spa program with free samples, a yoga class and Korean food.

High school teacher Heather Walker’s AP English classes will explore topics including body image, eating disorders,  and changing ideas of beauty over time and in different cultures.

She expects a creative writing project to emerge from the unit. Maybe she’ll receive some heart-wrenching poetry about the trials and tribulations of being a teenager.

Kym Ries’s art students will present a display of work focusing on the transformation of the face. Students studied cultures that decorate the face, such as the Nuba people of South Africa, and did their own facial decorations following patterns from abroad.

A display of photographs and other art workwill be in place at the library starting April 9.

Expect other activities to be on the agenda in late April.

In addition to his visit in Morenci, Youn will speak at the Grand Rapids Public Library, the East Lansing Public Library and Houghton Lake Public Library.

Morenci’s Notable

Author Visits

• Steve Amick, 2006, “The Lake, the River and the Other Lake”

• Tyree Guyton, 2008, “Connecting the Dots: Tyree Guyton’s Heidleberg Project”

• Michael Rosenberg, 2009, “War as They Knew It: Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, and America in a Time of Unrest”

• Steve Luxemburg, 2010, “Annie’s Ghosts”

• Steve Lehto, 2011, “Chrysler’s Turbine Car: the rise and fall of Detroit’s coolest creation”

• Anthony Youn, 2012, “In Stitches: a memoir”

Other Michigan Notable Books chosen for 2012 by the Library of Michigan are available for loan at Stair Public Library.

Adult fiction

“South of Superior” by Ellen Airgood

“Once Upon a River” by Bonnie Jo Campbell

“Misery Bay” by Steve Hamilton 

“Motor City Shakedown” by D. E. Johnson

“Wire to Wire” by Scott Sparling

Adult non-fiction

“Elly Peterson: ‘mother’ of the moderates” by Sara Fitzgerald

“Everyday Klansfolk: white protestant life and the KKK in 1920s Michigan” by Craig Fox 

“Ghost Writers: us haunting them: contemporary Michigan literature” edited by Keith Taylor and Laura Kasischke 

“Hank Greenberg: the hero who didn't want to be one” by Mark Kurlansky

“Here Comes Trouble: stories from my life” by Michael Moore

“Jacobson’s, I miss it so! : the story of a Michigan fashion institution” by Bruce Allen Kopytek 

“Michigan and the Civil War: a great and bloody sacrifice” by Jack Dempsey 

“Once Upon a Car: the fall and resurrection of America's big three auto makers—GM, Ford, and Chrysler” by Bill Vlasic

“Songs of Unreason” poetry by Jim Harrison 

Juvenile fiction

“Miss Martin is a Martian” by Colleen Murray Fisher; illustrated by Jared Chapman

Juvenile non-fiction

“Magic trash—a story of Tyree Guyton and his art celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Heidelberg Project” by J.H. Shapiro

“A nation’s hope: the story of boxing legend Joe Louis” by Matt de la Pea.

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