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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.

2011.06.29 Bringing it up for the sake of art

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

What kind of reputation do I have that would cause my sister-in-law Maggie to send an article my way about an artist who vomits on the canvas?

Maggie just knew it would be By the Way material. Oh, come on now. How could I ever approach a subject like that in this space? How could I do that readers? What have I ever written in the past that would give her an inkling of my interest?

Let me just mention that the performance artist’s name is Millie Brown. And let me admit that I watched portions of her 34-minute video. Unfortunately, it was after I’d had breakfast.

The video, “Nexus Vomitius,” is very well done. Millie goes for quality. Dressed in black, she’s seen sitting in a white chair in a white room with a white canvas on the floor. Across the way, there are two women dressed in white and they’re singing opera.

There is color, however. Lined up on the floor are eight very colorful drinks with a straw in each glass.

Millie sits serenely for a time, then goes over and chooses a glass of a yellow beverage, something serving as paint. She takes it back to her chair and slowly drinks some. When she’s had enough, she returns the glass to its place, then kneels above the canvas. Millie calmly studies the space before sticking a couple fingers down her throat.

You can follow it from there without me adding any details. Just picture going from yellow to green to blue to purple, until the painting feels finished. I think it’s just a gut feeling that tells her that she’s done.

Of course there have been a few articles written about her, with headlines such as “Millie Brown vomits to create art” and “Puking up great art.”

It’s an interesting piece of work, but I wonder what it would be like to hang on your wall. And would it really fit in any room but the bathroom?

Honest, I didn’t want to do that to you, dear reader. Blame Maggie.

ANOTHER story from the mouth: A neighbor girl lost her first tooth last week and it reminded me about what a really big deal that is. She pulled it out herself after working at it with her tongue for what probably seemed like forever.

That was always such a tough part for me with a loose tooth: Do I yank it out? Do I let someone else do it for me? Do I resort to the routine of tying a string around it and tying the other end to a doorknob?

Now I’m wondering if that last technique is really used or if it’s just one of those cartoon-like approaches? I have a recollection of actually doing it when I was a kid, although I’m no longer sure if I was the one with the tooth or if I was dental aide. 

It seems as though when the door was slammed shut, the person on the other end ran with it to prevent the act from occurring. I always favored the slow approach. Work at it with the tongue until it finally falls away.

In 20 years, I don’t think the neighbor girl will remember her first tooth coming out. It’s her younger sister who will have the memory of first loss because hers came out in a bicycling accident. Or maybe it was tricycling. Anyway, it takes some trauma to make it memorable.

When I mentioned the neighbor’s tooth to my daughter, Rosanna, she immediately mentioned her contact with the cedar chest upstairs.

“Did that happen to involve the game of Monster?” I asked.

Of course it did. I remember that night. I would chase the kids round and round from room to room and Rozie once tripped. Tooth met wood. I asked my other two kids about their first tooth loss and neither had any memory of it.

THE BIG talk around our house isn’t about the loss of a first tooth, it’s about the arrival of the first. Baby Caroline is chewing, chewing, chewing on everything and everyone as she prepares for the first appearance of a tooth sometime in the future.

She seems to be an incredibly good-natured baby who is just really enjoying her life as a three-month-old. But every now and then the gums get to be a little too much.

She sits serenely for a time... wait, I just used those words to describe Millie Brown. Caroline sits serenely before perhaps a little spit-up emerges. Quick! Get a canvas!

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