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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.

Petitions submitted for Seneca wind energy referendum 2012.04.25

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township voters are expected to have their say on the wind energy facility ordinance approved by township board members March 12. If referendum petitions are certified by the township clerk, the vote will be part of the August primary ballot.

Ron and Lori Glisson turned petitions  in April 18, collecting about three times more than the minimum needed.

Township clerk Allison Ott said the minimum number of valid signatures required is equal to 15 percent of the township votes cast in the last election for the state governor. For Seneca Township that equated to 55 signatures.

“The responses we received were overwhelmingly positive,” said Lori Glisson. “Many people thanked us for our efforts and gave us encouragement.”

Glisson said many township residents  were unaware of the health and safety issues associated with placement of wind turbines, such as the setback distance, flicker effect, and the sleep disturbance associated with the sound levels of turbines.

“One man told us that he was in favor of turbines, but didn't feel the ordinance passed had enough distance from homes to be safe,” Glisson said. “Some people were concerned about the noise level not being lower, not just at night but all of the time for those who work different shifts.”

Glisson said she and her husband circulated the petitions to give township residents the opportunity to decide if the existing ordinance is of the best interest of residents regarding health and safety.

In March, township board member Chris White, who also serves on the planning commission, said commissioners were looking for a reasonable ordinance that would give property owners the right to use their land as they wanted while protecting the safety of residents.

The Glissons contend that the ordinance falls short in guaranteeing residents’ well-being.

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