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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.

Ries, Phyllis

Written by David Green.

Phyllis Ries, 76, of W. Weston Rd., Morenci, Mich., died May 3, 2007, at Bixby Medical Center in Adrian after battling cancer for the last 10 months.

Her courage and determination to not give up will always be remembered by those who knew and loved her.  She hoped that because of her cancer story that maybe others could be saved.

She was born May 7, 1930,  in Morenci, the daughter of William “Lester” and Florence (Salisbury) Mannschreck. On March 19, 1949,  she married Roger Ries in Morenci and he survives.

Phyllis was a life-long Morenci area resident. She graduated from Morenci High School in 1947 and later from Davis Business College. She worked at the Citizens Gas Fuel Company from 1948-1953 and then was a stay-at-home mom until her children were raised.

She worked from 1970-1992 as the secretary of the LaRowe Insurance Agency in Morenci, which later became the T. J. Decker Insurance Agency.

After retiring, Phyllis enjoyed being around people so she worked part-time for the Morenci Area School district in several secretarial positions, volunteered as a HOSTS Mentor at Morenci Elementary School and was a volunteer at Madison High School. 

She served on the Morenci Area Hospital Board of Trustees from 1981 to 1994 and was serving on the Morenci Education Foundation board. She was a member of Morenci United Methodist Church where she served as the church secretary, Sunday School teacher and most recently was chairman of the Church Council. 

Phyllis gave of herself wherever she could help and will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Besides her husband, Roger, Phyllis is survived by a daughter, Connie Ries of Manitou Beach; a son, Randy (and Linda) Ries of Adrian; granddaughter, Lindsey Ries of Adrian; brother, Marion (and Connie) Mannschreck of Morenci; special niece, Beth Bodette; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Lois Mannschreck; sisters-in-law, Carol Mannschreck, Marilyn Ries and Edith Ries; and brothers-in-law, Jack Ries and Harold Ries.

The funeral service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, May 7, at the Morenci United Methodist Church with Rev. Dorothy Okray and Rev. Jack Mannschreck officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.  Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci United Methodist Church or the Morenci Education Foundation Scholarship Fund.

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