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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.

Carol Newcomer retires from Waldron library post 2012.12.05

Written by David Green.

carol newcomerWaldron’s library director will close out a 20-year career at the end of the month, but first she will be honored at a retirement open house Sunday afternoon.

Carol Newcomer joined the Waldron District Library Board in 1991—an exciting time in the library’s history. She was part of the effort to secure a location for a new library on Main Street and helped plan the facility.

In December 1992, while the library was still located in the old bus garage on Center Street, Carol was hired to serve as director. 

She was in charge during the era when computers found their place in libraries. Carol implemented the new technology and taught others how to use it. In 2005, she led a successful conversion from the card catalog to the fully computerized system. 

The library developed in many ways during her tenure, including the number of patrons. During the year before the new library opened, records show there were 2,508 visitors and 5,832 items checked out. During the past year, attendance had risen to 10,622 and circulation reached 14,698.

Carol, a rural Morenci resident, will wrap up 20 years with the Waldron library on Dec. 31, however, patrons will likely still spot her from time to time. She plans to compile and catalog local history to improve resources for people interested in genealogy and learning about Waldron’s past.

One patron described Carol this way: an easy smile, a helpful attitude and a wealth of knowledge.

In her retirement, Carol intends to spend more time with her children, grandchildren, parents, and her husband, Mike Cox. She will also continue church activities where she teaches Sunday School and leads a mid-week Ladies’ Bible Study.

 Beth Taylor from Lake Seneca was chosen to serve as the next director. She has been training with Carol for the last two months to learn as much as possible about the job.

Carol’s retirement open house is scheduled from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Waldron school cafeteria. In addition to refreshments, a performance by The Unforgettables is planned at 2:30. The a capella  women’s trio specializes in songs from the 1930s to the 1960s.

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