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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.

Hoffman, Justin

Written by David Green.

Justin Wayne Hoffman, 18, of W. Weston Road, Morenci, Mich., died Aug. 18, 2007, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born Jan. 21, 1989, in Adrian, Mich., to Geneva Williams and Gary Hoffman. He was employed at Lenawee Tire in Adrian, and was a member of the Medina Pioneers 4-H club. He enjoyed building race cars for Oakshade Raceway.

Justin is survived by his mother and step-father, Geneva (and Joe) Ballard, Sr. of Morenci; father, Gary Hoffman of Adrian; one brother, Jeremy Williams of Morenci; one step-sister, Jody (and Steve) Minturn of Cardington, Ohio; one step-brother, Joe (and Rebekah) Ballard, Jr. of Blacklick, Ohio; maternal grandmother, Nina Williams of Morenci; maternal grandfather, Alden (and Michelle) Williams of Morenci; one niece, Lauren Coleman; three step-nephews, Josh, Seth and Kaleb Minturn; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ruth Hoffman and Gerald Hoffman, and step-grandfather, Tom Verdict.

Funeral services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Seneca Community Church with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) and Thursday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

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