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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.

2006.09.07 You can't rat-tionalize away a pot belly

Written by David Green.

By COLLEEN LEDDY

Because I can’t stomach the thought of slow-moving water swirling around my feet when I’m taking a shower, I am willing to negotiate with my husband.

“If you get the rat out of the drain, I’ll wash all the silverware,” I tell him.

“There is no rat in the drain,” he says. “I just took a shower and there was no rat in the drain.”

“Of course there was!” I insist. “Just because you take short showers and don’t use much water doesn’t mean it’s not there.”

I’m not nearly as bad as our teenager Maddie who steps into the shower only to emerge days later, but I’m in there long enough, with water pressure potent enough, to create a puddle at my feet when there is a rat in the drain. To be fair, the rat is really more like a little bitty mouse at this stage. But I know if I don’t get in my request for removal before David is totally absorbed with putting out the paper, the mouse will grow to the size of a chihuahua.

I have written before about “rats” in the drain, that gag-inducing mass of hair and soap scum and who knows what other awful stuff that accumulates in the bathtub drain occasionally. I have to rely on David to remove it because just the thought makes me quiver and gag. I would sooner hire a plumber than send the snake down and that expense is enough to motivate David—that and the promise of not having to wash the silverware.

We’ve never seriously entertained the idea of buying a dishwasher, but I think some day the silverware will drive me to it. I love washing a bunch of bowls and plates, but I downright hate washing silverware. Lately, I’ve been leaving it for David because he doesn’t mind it so much. It’s one of his dandiest features—he doesn’t mind tackling gross projects.

And he’s also learning to be quite tactful.

A few weeks ago, I bought a copy of a magazine called “First: for women on the go,” mainly because of its blaring cover headline: “Stubborn Belly Fat?” and interesting subhead: “The way it’s deposited reveals which gland has slowed down—and is packing on fat.”

The headline of the story inside read, “What shape is your belly?” Three choices—square, circle and oval—were accompanied by descriptions of what’s happening hormonally. A quick quiz of symptoms identified the gland—thyroid, adrenals or ovaries—that may be influencing the shape of your stomach.

I read the article, which seemed like it could be all hokum, took the quiz anyway, concluded I was a “circle” with a “distinct potbelly shape,” and turned to David for confirmation.

“What do you think? Square, circle or oval?” I asked, exposing my stomach to him.

“Oval,” he said immediately.

“Don’t you think I have a potbelly?” I asked, surprised that he had a different opinion.

“I can’t even answer that,” he said. “I’d be missing parts of my body later.”

Well, maybe tactful isn’t quite the word. Maybe careful is more like it.

When I complained that I’d been exercising for more than a month in preparation for the Neal Singles run and had only lost about three pounds, David said, “Well, that’s not the reason you’re doing it, is it? To lose weight?”

“Well, no, but I thought it might be a side effect,” I said while munching on a muffin  heavily studded with chocolate chips and walnuts.

“Losing weight has a lot to do with what you eat,” he began, before realizing he was heading into dangerous territory.

My problem is, the more I exercise, the hungrier I get. And then I think, well, heck, I just walked/jogged three miles, I need to keep my strength up. Deep down, I know I’m just fueling my pot (or oval) belly, but rationalization is a powerful thing.

Now, if I could just make myself apply the process of rationalization to removing rats  from drains, I could probably avoid washing silverware for quite some time.

- Sept. 7, 2006 

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