The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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.

Solomonson, Myrtle

Written by David Green.

Myrtle Louise (Barron) Solomonson, 83, of Morenci, Mich., died Aug. 15, 2006 at Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian.

She was born July 22, 1923 in Weston, Mich., to Walter B. and Alice (Dippery) Barron. She married Harold Solomonson on Dec. 23, 1945 in Seward, Ohio, and he preceded her in death.Myrtle lived most of her life in the Morenci area. She graduated from Morenci High School in 1941. She received certificates of achievement from Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science and the United States Department of Agriculture for Boys and Girls Club for beef projects in 1938 and 1941. She earned a teacher’s certificate to teach the Palmer Method of handwriting from Palmer Method of Business Writing in 1942. She graduated from Michigan County Normal Training School for Teachers in Blissfield, Mich., in 1942 and received a bachelor’s degree from Adrian College in 1960. She earned a permanent teaching certificate for all grades from the State Board of Education, Public Schools of Michigan in 1963 and earned a master’s degree in education from Eastern Michigan University in 1965, specializing in special education.

She first taught in 1942 at Medina School, a one-room schoolhouse with eight grades. She taught for a year, in 1946, in North Morenci, another one-room schoolhouse, and from 1949 to 1951 at Canandaigua School. From 1951 to 1955 she taught at North Morenci School, and after it was consolidated, she taught third grade at Morenci Elementary School until 1963 when she began teaching special education at the elementary and middle school levels. She helped expand the special education program at Morenci schools. She retired from Morenci Area Schools in 1988 after 44 years of service. She was also employed at the Morenci Rubber Plant and Michigan International Speedway.

In 1982 Myrtle was honored as Teacher of the Year by the Lenawee County Federation of Women’s Clubs. She was a member of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel and the American Legion Auxiliary. She belonged to the traveler group of the Ypsilanti Township Senior Citizens and to Lenawee County REACT.

Myrtle is survived by two children, Shirley (and Steve) Hyland of Brooklyn, Mich., and Harold J. “Jim” Solomonson of Morenci; two grandsons, Matthew (and Becky) Hyland and Chad (and Candance) Solomonson; seven great-grandsons; two brothers, Norman Barron of Ypsilanti and Howard Barron of Morenci; one sister, Alice Jean Somerlott of Santa Claus, Ind.; many nieces and nephews; and her cat, O.J.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Robert, Daniel, Walter and John Barron, and three sisters, Almyra Barron, Margaret Loveless and Mary Clark.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. Thelia Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee County, Stair Public Library in Morenci or the Neal V. Singles Memorial Scholarship.

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