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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.

Bridge Walk to support reading program 2012.08.29

Written by David Green.

Bring a book to the bridge!

Participants will walk and read across Michigan’s southernmost bridge this Labor Day during the 18th annual Silver Creek Bridge Walk in Morenci. The event starts at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 3, just south of the Silver Creek Bridge on East Street South. 

Proceeds raised from commemorative T-shirt sales and sponsorships will benefit Stair Public Library’s “Prime Time Family Reading Time” program so the emphasis at this year’s walk will be on books.

The oldest book, the biggest book, the smallest book, the thickest book, the most obtuse book, the funniest looking book, the prettiest book, the best book that mentions bring the book and Stair Public Library staff will award prizes to winners in a variety of categories.

Animal tails

“Animal Tales,” the theme for this year’s Prime Time book selections, sparked an idea for another activity at the Bridge Walk. 

“All the books have something to do with animals,” said library director Colleen Leddy, “so I thought it would be fun for everyone to dress up as an animal with a tail.”

It’s not necessary to dress up or to bring a book to participate, but those who do will lead the walk across the bridge, says Leddy, and everyone who crosses the bridge will receive a commemorative certificate noting their accomplishment.


The 18th Annual Labor Day Silver Creek Bridge Walk shirts cost $10 for youth sizes to XL. Size 2X costs $11.

The sapphire blue (with lime green ink) commemorative T-shirts can be purchased in advance at United Bank & Trust, First Federal Bank, Johnson’s Hardware and at Stair Public Library during open hours: Monday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The shirts will also be sold at the Bridge Walk.

The event is sponsored by the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce.

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