The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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.

Raabe, Richard "Dick"

Written by David Green.

Richard “Dick” W. Raabe, 79, of Traverse City, Mich., died Jan. 30, 2010, after a brief illness, in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he spent the winter months.

Dick was born in Morenci, Mich., to Elmer Charles Raabe, M.D., and Madeline.

Dick was president of the Class of 1948 at Morenci High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1949-50. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1954 and began his career as a social studies teacher at Romulus High School. He was a former teacher in several southeast Michigan school systems from 1954 to 1998. He was a successful and respected high school tennis coach for more than a decade.

Dick is remembered as a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, companion and close friend to many. He was a man strong in his spiritual life as well as intellectual pursuits. Dick raised his three children with his former wife Barbara (Bolhuis) Raabe of Holland, Mich., who was also a teacher. He was a lifelong sports enthusiast participating in cross country skiing events in the Traverse City area and an accomplished tennis player all of his adult life. Dick loved to walk Casey, the dog. He was constantly surrounded with all types of books as a passionate reader and he belonged to numerous book clubs.

Dick was also an accomplished watercolor artist as well as other media. He was a member of the Ann Arbor Unitarian Universalist Church for more than 25 years and a member of the Traverse City Unitarian Universalist Church for more than 10 years.

Dick was a great believer in living simply and gave to many charities including the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the American Cancer Society, Heifer International, National Public Radio and Goodwill Industries.

He is survived by two daughters, Julie Raabe (and Chris) Gentry, of Cadillac, Mich., and Jean Raabe, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a son, David (and Sandy) Raabe, of Westmoreland, NH; his former wife and constant companion of 30 years, Lynn  Raabe, of Northville, Mich.; stepson Kevin (and Sarah) Wright of Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sisters Virginia Secrest of Morenci and Janice Bebo, of Methuen, Mass.

Family members are planning memorial services at First Unitarian Church of Ann Arbor at 3 p.m. April 18 and in Traverse City at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse at 7 p.m. April 21. A private burial service for family members will be scheduled in Morenci.

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