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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 school board 2012.09.26

Written by David Green.

Fayette has a new vocal music teacher in place following the resignation of Kelly Barkheimer.

Barkheimer, a part-time teacher with Fayette, submitted her resignation Sept. 7 to accept a full-time job with the Springfield school district.

Jennifer Cobb, who previously taught for Fayette, was hired as a permanent substitute to teach for the remainder of the school year.

Other staffing matters handled by the Fayette school board Monday included  approving Russ Griggs as a volunteer consultant for the district; hiring Lindsey Schaffer and Lindsey New for seventh and eighth grade cheerleading co-coaches for the 2012-13 school year.

JoAnn Cousino was approved as substitute bus driver pending the transfer of paperwork from Archbold Area Schools.

The board also approved the following classroom volunteers pending appropriate reference and background checks: Angie Beauregard, Dawn Figgins, Pam Hibbard, Stephanie Leininger, Anne Merillat, Sarah Lynch, Abby Seiler, Lindsey New, Sue Schaffner, Eloise Wyse and Michelle Pilbeam.

SUBSTITUTES—The approved a two-year agreement with Frontline Technologies for Aesop services of an automated employment replacement system. The system allows teachers to request a substitute without the need for an early-morning call to the school.

ON-LINE—The board approved a one-year agreement with Treca for digital academy services for students, up to $1,000 per student. The company offers on-line classes to help students make up credits before graduation.

DONATIONS—Board members accepted a $100 donation from the Fayette Area Foundation for National Honor Society for club activities and $100 for FFA for club activities. 

TRAINER—A contract was approved with Fulton County Health Center Sports Medicine Outreach Program to provide athletic training consultation and/or treatment services for a rate of $17.50 an hour for the current school year.

TRIPS—The board approved trips to the FFA Greenhand Camp Sept. 28-30, 2012 at Camp Muskingum and the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 24-26.

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