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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.

Schaffner, Milton "Mick"

Written by David Green.

Milton L. “Mick” Schaffner, 86, of rural Waldron, Mich., died Dec. 14, 2012, at Fairlawn Haven Special Care Unit in Archbold, Ohio, following several months of declining health.

He was born Nov. 19, 1926, the only child of the late Hubert and Helen (Wallace) Schaffner. He married Barbara Ann Goble on Oct. 6, 1946, in Fayette, and she survives.

Mick lived his entire life in the Fayette area, and attended Gorham Fayette High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944, and proudly served aboard the U.S.S. Lexington as a radio operator. He stated that he could have hit the Emperor of Japan with a baseball at the signing of the peace treaty, as his ship was alongside the Missouri at that time.

Starting life as a carpenter, Mick used those skills as a foundation throughout his life as he became a farmer and millwright. In his retirement, he stayed busy in his wood shop until his body could no longer keep up.

Mick loved to help people and was honored for such when he and Barb were named Fayette Citizens of the Year in 2002.

He was a life member of the John Dale Post 143 of the American Legion, serving in many leadership positions during a period of more than 60 years. Mick also worked part-time for Eagle Funeral Homes, starting in the 1960s when an ambulance service accompanied the business. He also volunteered many hours to the betterment of the Fayette Opera House.

In September of 2011, he had the privilege of taking Honor Flight to the World War II Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

In addition to his wife, Mick is survived by five children, Kristine (and Robert) Keiser of Fayette, Colleen (and Merritt) Kimball of Worthington, Ohio, Marsha Kutzley of Fayette, Philip (and Christine) Schaffner of Alvordton, Ohio, and Nancy (and Trent) Lavinder of Fayette; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mick was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Kellen Keiser.

Funeral services for Mick Schaffner are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Pastors Kathy Currier and Jonathan Kimball officiating. Military interment will follow at Pleasant View Union Cemetery with rites conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard. Visitation is scheduled from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations in Mick’s honor are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice.

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