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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.

Downing, Bobbie

Written by David Green.

Bobbie L. Downing, 83, died May 23, 2011, surrounded by his family at the Ebeid Hospice Center in Sylvania, Ohio.

He was born Nov. 4, 1927 in Hutchinson, Kansas, to Charles H. and Millie (Bertha) Downing. Bob graduated from Lyons High School in 1946. He married Myrtle Derby in 1950 and she survives.

Bob worked as a tool and die maker for Dura Corporation in Adrian, Mich. While employed there he held offices in Local 1348 as a committeeman, financial secretary and president. He retired in 1993 after 29 years of service. He was also an active member of the Lyons Christian Church, serving as a trustee. He served as a Lyons volunteer fireman for 42 years, and also on the Lyons Board of Public Affairs.

Bob will be remembered for his great sense of humor, but he will be most remembered by his ambition and devotion to his family.

Bob loved to travel and enjoyed spending summers at the family cottage at Devils Lake, Mich. The family enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. He especially enjoyed spending his winter months with Myrtle in Ft. Myers/Cape Coral, Florida.

Besides his wife, Bob is survived by three children, Teresa (and Randy) Burgermeister of Lyons, Cheryl (and Frank) LoFiego of Sylvania, Ohio, and Mark (and Taryn) Downing of Lyons; six grandchildren, Joshua (and Jessica) Burgermeister, Jessica Burgermiester, Cara (and Shawn) O’Neill, Tony (and Brittany) LoFiego, Dominic (and Cheryl) LoFiego, and Alicia Downing (and Ray Hohenbrink); six great-grandchildren, Aiden and Ella Burgermeister, Jace Burgermeister, Shamus, Maggie, and Finnegan O’Neill, Isabella LoFiego and Clayton Hohenbrink; three sisters-in-law, Gertrude Downing of Wauseon, Ohio, Doris Derby of Morenci, Mich., and Alberta Haupricht of Lyons; two brothers-in-law, Gerald (and Sondra) Derby of Sand Creek, Mich., and Roger Schantz of Archbold, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Vernard and Donzell Downing.

Visitation is planned from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Lyons Christian Church, with the funeral services immediately following. Interment will follow at Lyons Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lyons Christian Church or the Lyons Fire Department.

Arrangements were made by Weigel Funeral Home.

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