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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.

Barden, Maurice

Written by David Green.

Maurice Barden, 89, of Leesburg, Fla., formerly of Lyons, Ohio, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006, at the Avante nursing home in Mt. Dora, Fla.

He was born on April 28, 1917, in Fulton County, Ohio, the son of Jesse and Mabel (Standish) Barden. On June 21, 1940, in Seward, Ohio, he married (Pearl) Janet Pickles. She preceded him in death Nov. 16, 2002.

Maurice was a life-long farmer in the Lyons area and graduated from the Lyons High School  class of 1935.  He enjoyed many years of playing and watching baseball, basketball and track. He was particularly  fond of watching his harness horses race. 

Maurice was a member of the Wauseon Elks, a 32-degree Mason, a member of the U.S. Trotting Association and the Ohio Township Association. He served as a Royalton Township trustee for 26 years and was a past president of the Fulton County Cattle Feeders Association.  Maurice was very proud to serve as the host of the MD Yalaha Open Golf Outing.

Survivors include two daughters, Maureen Peabody of Leesburg, Fla., and Margy Bressler of Liberty Center, Ohio; a son, Maurice J. (and Connie) Barden of Lyons; eight grandchildren, Brent Peabody, Brook (and Nancy) Peabody, Audra (and Lary) Warren, Jesse (and Carrie) Barden, Jacob Barden, Katie (and Lance) Eisel, Annie Barden, Ellie (and Adam) Gleckler; six great grandchildren, Mark and Tierra Peabody, Taylor and Dylan Warren, Alivia Eisel, and Luke Barden; and one brother, Boyd (and Alice) Barden of Lyons.

Beside his wife, Janet, Maurice was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Laura Hutson; one grandson, Jess Bressler, and one great-granddaughter, Jessica Peabody.

Funeral service are scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, Mich.  Burial will follow at the Lyons Cemetery in Lyons, Ohio.

Visitation is planned from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Lyons Royalton Township Fire Department or Hospice of Lake and Sumter Counties in Florida.

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