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.

Fredrick, Larry

Written by David Green.

Larry E. Fredrick, 66, of Coldwater, Mich., and formerly of Fayette, Ohio, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 at his home.

Larry was born March 30, 1944, to Von Dana and LaJean (Martin) Fredrick in Morenci, Mich. He was raised in Fayette and graduated from Fayette High School in 1962. He married his high school sweetheart, Louise Leininger, on Sept. 12, 1964, at the Fayette Christian Church, where they are still members.

Larry and Louise moved to Sullivan, Ill., in 1987 and then to Coldwater, Mich., in 1990. Larry worked as an engineer at Fayette Tubular Corporation for many years before going to work for G & J Tube, formerly Jonesville Products. He retired from G & J in 2009 after 20 years of service.

Larry was very involved in his community throughout the years. He was named “Fayette Citizen of the Year” in 1987 and was given the Phillips-Schrock Community Service Award. He served on the Fayette Park Board and Fayette Fine Arts Council, and was a member of the Jaycees. He served as church treasurer for many years.  In the past two years, Larry, along with his wife, served as dance instructors in the Branch County area.

Larry enjoyed dancing, fishing, golfing and helping his wife in the garden. He was a big fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and the Ohio State University teams. His greatest love in his life was spending cherished time with his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Larry is survived by one son, Leslie (and Lori) Fredrick of Archbold, Ohio; a daughter Lisa, (and Mike) Tietje of Berkey, Ohio; a sister Pamela (and Ken) Hibbard of Fayette; and grandchildren, Emily Fredrick, Kevin Fredrick, Stacia Tietje and Allison Tietje.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Patricia Lane.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Fayette Christian Church (Disciples), with Tom Spiess and Pastor Gene Sugg officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater. An additional visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette.

 Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Fayette Christian Church (Disciples).

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