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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.

Hibbard, Linda

Written by David Green.

Linda L. Hibbard, 60, of W. Main St. in Fayette, Ohio, died Feb. 3, 2006 at home with her husband of 42 years at her side, after battling cancer for four years.

She was born July 10, 1945 in Wauseon, Ohio, the first of five daughters, to Clifford and Florence (Leininger) Ziegler. She married Nelson Hibbard on Nov. 10, 1963 at St. James Lutheran Church in Burlington, Ohio, and he survives.

Linda was office administrator at Camp Palmer at Harrison Lake near Fayette for the past seven years, retiring in 2005. She graduated from Northwest State Community College in Archbold and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honor Fraternity and Alpha Omicron Mu.

While raising her sons, Linda was very active in the community. She was a Cub Scout den leader and served as treasurer, was a member of the Gorham Fayette School PTA, and was a member of the Fayette Child Study Club for 35 years.

Linda spent numerous hours with her granddaughters, handing down the sewing, knitting, crocheting and cooking talents she so loved, which were passed on to her by her mother.

Besides her husband, Linda is survived by three sons, Brad (and Laura) Hibbard of Waterville, Ohio; Trevor (and Lynette) and Tadd Hibbard, both of Fayette; four grandchildren, Alec Sills and Evan, Adrianna and Jennaya Hibbard; four sisters, Betsy (and Richard) Wyse, Susan Williams and Daun (and Mike) Figgins, all of Fayette, and Virginia (and Steve) Wolfe of Winter Haven, Fla.; her mother-in-law, Dorothy Hibbard of Fayette, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Allen James Ziegler.

Private funeral services were scheduled at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette with Rev. Dean Leininger officiating. Burial was in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Memorial contributions may be made to 4-H Camp Palmer.


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