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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.

Fayette village council 2012.08.22

Written by David Green.


Fayette council members have begun discussion about a campaign to help win voters’ support for the replacement of two levies in November.

The 2.9 mill general fund levy and the 2.0 mill park levy have both been renewed by voters over the years—the general fund levy since 1968—but this time residents will be asked to replace the levies and bring the value of property to current levels.

Village administrator Steve Blue said at the Aug. 8 committee of the whole meeting that council should schedule public meetings to discuss the ballot request and include information with water bills.

Councilor Dave Wheeler added that flyers could be left at businesses, the library and the post office. Mayor Ruth Marlatt suggested presenting a new facet of the millage request every month leading up to the vote to remind residents of the benefits that will follow.

The idea for the replacement effort stemmed from a grant the village received for street paving. The money would cover street repairs for all streets not involved in the sewer project.

The $400,000 grant requires an annual loan payment of $20,400—a sum the village doesn’t have available. Council members don’t want to let the grant offer slip away so they will try to gain the support of taxpayers.

Blue will provide detailed information about the replacement levy cost to taxpayers.

OVERDUE—Blue told councilors that police offers delivered about 40 water shut-off notices to customers who are overdue on their payments. Several of them paid after the notices were given.

VFO Lisa Zuver said that none of the overdue bills were under $200.

HYDRANTS—Maintenance supervisor Tom Clemenson said his workers are putting Band-Aids on Band-Aids in repairing the village’s aging water system.

The 600-foot section of N. Ohio Street has nine holes from past repairs due to water line breaks. Some holes have been opened multiple times.

RECYCLING—Council is still seeking a group interested in volunteering at the recycling center. Dave Lichtenwald will give up his work there in about a year and he needs assistance now to help keep the center in operation.

The sale of recycled materials brings in about $175 per quarter and this could go to a group taking responsibility for overseeing the center.

TREES—When the current round of tree cutting is completed, Blue said, that will take care of the entire town, based on the recommendations of the village tree commission. After that, he said, cutting will be residents’ responsibility as listed in the village ordinance book.

Wheeler stated that trees shouldn’t be allowed beyond sidewalks.

A tree-trimming project was expected to begin soon to clean overhead branches to a minimum height of 20 feet.

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