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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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Morenci city council 2012.07.25

Written by David Green.


Despite paying more for an increased number of performers and losing money on the rodeo, Morenci’s Town and Country Festival committee reported a net profit of $3,131 from this year’s event.

Co-chairs of the festival Dale Long and Bill Foster reported to city council members Monday on the economic side of the festival.

“We did a lot of new things this year and a lot of that paid off,” Foster said.

Six bands helped bring in visitors and new events such as the pedal tractor pull, a 5K run and the dodgeball tournament each netted a profit. A dog raffle brought in $550 after the winner, Fran Bell, donated it back to the festival.

The festival’s share from the Eagles’ beer tent brought in $1,415 and proceeds from the carnival rides and games netted $1,734 for the committee.

“Dale worked really hard on the food vendors and merchant vendors,” Foster said. “I think it was the most merchant vendors we’ve had in a really long time.”

Many events were backed by merchant donations, Foster said, to help keep costs down.

In addition, he said, there was ample fund-raising throughout the year and those efforts brought in $1,363 before the festival got underway.

The committee spent $2,400 for entertainment and the sound system. The rodeo finished short by $1,552, but Long said it always draws a large crowd and many of them are from out of town.

One large donation for the fireworks fund left the account with $55 to start on next year’s campaign.

“Overall things went well,” Foster said, “and we have several fresh ideas for next year.”

“That’s an excellent job,” Mayor Keith Pennington said about the committee’s job this year.

ELECTION—Election inspectors for the Aug. 7 primary election were approved. Gail Johnson will serve as chair. Other inspectors are Joyce Woerner, Tonia Hoffman, Laurie Schisler and Leasa Slocum.

COMPUTERS—Council accepted a bid from IT Right—the company that currently works with the city—to buy two computers for $2,100. The purchase was made in anticipation of the new software the city will use.

JUNK CARS—Police chief Larry Weeks said the department mailed 21 notices to the owners of inoperable vehicles from late June and into July.

“We’ve gained compliance with every one but four,” he said. “I do appreciate their compliance without having to take more aggressive action to get those vehicles removed.”

K2—Chief Weeks said he followed the county health department’s order to speak with local business owners that could sell chemically engineered marijuana—also known as K2 and other names—and informed them that the substance is now illegal.

“We’ve had some issues with that in town,” he said. “We’ve had some people who have overdosed. It does impact our community.”

EMS—Weeks, who also serves as Morenci Area EMS coordinator, told council that Dan Sallows chose to step down from the position of station coordinator due to conflicts with his full-time job. 

His assistant, Chad Corbin, will take over as supervisor.

FIRE CALLS—Fire chief Chad Schisler said the department has been extremely busy.

“We’re at 96 calls for the year and our average is 125 for the entire year,” he said.

Schisler said a county-wide burn ban remains in effect.

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