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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

2007.09.12 Our nest is empty of spoons

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

So what’s it like living in the so-called empty nest? It’s quieter. It’s darker. There are fewer spoons. Fewer clean spoons.

With one fewer mouth in the house, there should be more spoons available, but that’s not how it went last week.

We worked our way through the regular spoons, then we used up the new spoons my wife recently purchased. Next came the grapefruit spoons, the tablespoons, plastic spoons and three baby spoons.

After the big serving spoon was used Friday, there was absolutely nothing remaining but the enormous slotted serving spoon.

That’s a lot of spoons. We still had clean bowls because Colleen managed to get in some dishwashing during the busy holiday-shortened week.

But she has an aversion to washing silverware. I don’t mind that chore at all if I can find the time to do it. I found the time Friday night. I skipped going to the football game. I even skipped the Morenci/Fayette volleyball match. I’d been waiting for that because I don’t know if it’s ever happened before. Maybe Michigan and Ohio have always had different seasons for volleyball until this historic year.

But I stayed home and ate a meal slowly (using a fork) instead of rushing through and running off to a sporting event. And when the meal concluded, I washed a lot of spoons.

Now we’re all set for at least two weeks.

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, having no children at home frees me up to work all the time (or take a night off to wash dishes). But I’m wondering about Colleen. I’ve witnessed two notable signs of impending change. Is she slowly experiencing a weakening of the spirit?

A few weeks ago, she did a load of mixed laundry. Usually the arcane Rules of Laundry are in force. Crappy Whites, Nice Whites, Disgusting Darks (most of my clothes), Nice Coloreds, etc.

Maddie has done well in her studies and seldom has to ask, “Can this go with Nice Whites?” I’m unable to learn the system and I don’t care anyway so I generally do my own washing. Sometimes I throw in a few spoons.

But it happened once this summer that she mixed colors. It was a notable enough event that I took a photo and posted it on the Observer website.

I don’t know that it’s happened since, but now that the rule of law has been punctured, I think additional mixing is in the future, especially without Maddie’s volume of clothing to add to the mix.

A much more disturbing sign of impending disarray was observed on our recent trip up north. We stopped in a café along the way for a quick meal before we arrived at Kate’s in case it was a bad year for beets and she had nothing to offer us.

After the sandwiches, Colleen went for a pecan bar thing that she quickly found to be amazingly delicious.

During the eating—she used a fork rather than a spoon—a sizable pecan piece shot off her plate and onto the table. She retrieved it and placed it back on her plate.

Whoa! Five Second Rule or not, this is unheard of in the Leddy Protocol of Clean Living. You’ve seen the rags used to wipe restaurant tables. Disgusting. I don’t even eat off restaurant tables. I’ve heard her get after the kids too many times over the years to even consider it.

And to think a pecan brought her down. One, single piece of a broken pecan.

I think the food department will present the biggest change in Life after Children. Colleen pronounced it “liberating” Saturday night after slipping a sliced onion in with the broccoli that was about to be steamed. A move like that would not have happened with Maddie still in the house.

And earlier in the week, she created a  wonderful garbanzo/potato dish for which children probably would not have requested seconds—or even firsts.

I thought that was a rather liberating meal, too, but maybe nothing has really changed. I was eating the leftovers on the job during the busy production day last week when a former employee stopped in for a visit.

It’s probably been four years since she worked here, but she took a whiff and said, “That smells just like the food you ate when I worked here.”

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