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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.

2007.05.09 Finding Ron

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

My wife recently wrote about our second visit to see our son Ben. It’s such a bother that he took a job in Miami. Why not North Dakota? I’ve heard it’s lovely when the cold wind is whipping the snow into drifts.

For the second time, I was amazed with what we saw. As I said a few months ago, this is from the guy who had no interest in visiting Florida at all, let alone the big city of Miami.

The highlight of the short trip had to be Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens. Once again, it was geocaching that took us on this particular journey. Early one day I went off into some smelly, debris-filled coastal area in search of a hidden container while Colleen and Maddie stood in an open area, looking around and thinking about the crocodile warning sign posted near the parking lot.

This was in Matheson Hammock Park. There was another cache in the adjacent Fairchild Gardens and Colleen quickly discovered an exhibit of Dale Chihuly art was spread around the grounds. Plus, the International Orchid Festival was coming on the weekend.

I wasn’t familiar with Chihuly, but when we visited on the weekend, that day turned out to be one of the most incredible in I don’t know how long.

The orchids on display were truly amazing. The gardens are a little more amazing. The Chihuly was spectacular. Is that one of the showy tropical plants growing over there or is it one of Chihuly’s glass creations that look like a living thing?

I didn’t get to visit former Morenci resident David Carlson this time—I haven’t even written to apologize yet—but Fairchild filled the gap.

I won’t go on and on about the place; just one statement. Up here in the chilly north, you go to a tropical garden such as Hidden Lake or Meijer Gardens and everything is indoors under glass.

You go to Fairchild and it’s all growing outside, including the largest collection of palm tree species in the world.

OK, enough of the natural wonders. Let’s move on the celebrities.

When we visited in November, we ran across comedian Richard Lewis on the sidewalks of Coconut Grove. When we visited in April, another celebrity sighting occurred.

Colleen and I were at the airport Monday morning for a flight back to newspaper land. We sat down to wait, I opened my laptop to tune into the airport’s wireless network and soon discovered, just like in Detroit, it cost about 10 bucks to use it.

So I closed it up and resumed my usual airport activity: watching people.

I spotted a guy standing up next to his luggage and talking quite rapidly to some other waiting passengers who were seated.

When we first passed by, I heard him say something about God and I took him to be a religious sort who liked to accost other passengers and evangelize in a place they couldn’t escape. How wrong I was.

I glanced over there now and then and soon noticed that people were stopping to have their photo taken with him, then moving on to wherever they were headed.

I pointed this out to Colleen and said that I really think I’ve seen that face before. And what a face it was.

The man had scraggly hair, a big mustache, he was overweight and in general looked like a slob. He just wasn’t a very attractive specimen, but he sure was attracting a parade of fans.

I told Colleen that I thought he might be a comedian or maybe an actor. After the people down a few seats had their photo taken with him, I went over and asked who it was.

“That’s Ron Jeremy, the porn star.”

I went back and reported to Colleen without even anticipating her next question: “How come you recognize a porn star?”

I really didn’t have an answer to that one and I’m not even sure how I know of him. I mentioned this incident to reporter Jeff when I was back at work and of course he knew Ron Jeremy. And then he was a little embarrassed that he recognized a famous porn star.

“He’s been in a lot of non-porn movies,” Jeff added, and that made us both feel better.

Two trips, two celebrities, one raised eyebrow.

    – May 9, 2007 

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