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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.

Ries, Roger

Written by David Green.

Roger H. Ries, 83, of Morenci, Mich., died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009.

Roger was born Sept. 30, 1926, in Ogden Township, Mich., the son of Dewey and Leila (Leonard) Ries. On March 19, 1949, he married Phyllis J. Mannschreck who preceded him in death on May 3, 2007, after 57 years of marriage.

Roger was a Blissfield High School Sugar Boy, graduating in 1944. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy SeaBees where he was a Machinist's Mate 3rd Class and received the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal. He served in the Construction Battalion in Guam. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he was employed at Tecumseh Products for 42 years, retiring in 1988. Roger also farmed while working at Tecumseh Products and continued farming after his retirement. Roger was known for growing the best sweet corn for all his friends and neighbors to enjoy.

Roger was active in and past president of the Morenci Kiwanis Club and enjoyed the many friendships formed within the club. He was a member of the Morenci United Methodist Church. He enjoyed golfing with his buddies Don, Crash and Marion. Roger enjoyed spending time fishing and boating at the lake. Since his wife’s death Roger spent most of his time with his children, Randy, Linda and Connie. He loved his family and the many friends he made throughout his life. His kind smile will always be remembered.

Roger had been a dialysis patient for seven years at the Adrian Dialysis Center. The kind caregivers there were very special to him and Roger grew to consider them family. 

Roger is survived by his children, Randy (and Linda) Ries of Adrian, Mich., and Connie Ries of Manitou Beach; a granddaughter, Lindsey (and Branden) Krill of Tipton, Mich.; brothers Don and Max (and Rosie); a sister Kathryn (and  Crash) Carter; sister-in-law Norma Ries; brother-in-law Marion (and Connie) Mannschreck; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers Jack and Harold, sisters-in-law Edith Ries, Marilyn Ries, and Carol Mannschreck.

Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci. Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28, at the Morenci United Methodist Church. Burial with military honors will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

The family wishes that contributions in Roger’s memory be given to the Morenci Education Foundation, Morenci United Methodist Church or the Adrian Dialysis Center.

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