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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.

2012.11.28 Demise of Hostess calls back pastry memories

Written by David Green.

By RICH FOLEY

I’m getting quite a bit of entertainment out of those who view the apparent closing of the Hostess company as some sort of tragedy. It certainly is for those who will lose their jobs, but the great rush to stock up on products, either for personal consumption or as a short term business, seems not worth the effort.

I found more than 40,000 auctions on eBay last Tuesday for various Hostess items, in quantities from a single twin pack up to 10 boxes or more in a single auction. Need to satisfy your Twinkie addiction? It was never one of my favorite items, but hey, suit yourself. Have a hankering for a Ding Dong or Ring Ding?  They’re exactly the same product—the name depends on your location for some reason. I’m not sure why Hostess did this.

Among a multitude of Hostess CupCakes and HoHos available online were a large selection of variously flavored Zingers, formerly a Dolly Madison product that has been manufactured by Hostess for some time.

 A favorite of one of my relatives in Texas (my niece Shannon), hopefully the popular Zingers will find yet another corporate home and resume production. If so, they’ll become sort of the snack cake equivalent of the Jeep, which has gone through many owners since production began back in the 1940s. At least that’s a better fate than that of Pontiac, Saturn and Hummer.

As has been said many times in news reports, if Hostess closes, their trade names, recipes and other assets will be sold to other companies, meaning the products may soon be back on store shelves, just not with the Hostess corporate name, although that could be sold to someone in a bankruptcy auction as well. Many of those former Hostess workers might find employment with the new owners of the Hostess assets.

So unless you have a serious addiction to a specific Hostess product and have to have one right now (or as soon as an eBay seller can ship it to you), just wait a while and they should be back in stores. To all those on eBay trying to take advantage of the situation, the expiration dates on your snacks are fast approaching. Better sell them now, if you can.

I have to admit I haven’t bought any Hostess products in quite awhile, but went looking for a SuzyQ or a Sno Ball, my two all-time favorites, after news of the impending closing became public. I was shocked at the prices of twin packs, which were about the same as an entire box of Little Debbies snack cakes, which contain 10 or 12 cakes. No wonder Hostess was having financial problems. Who’d want to pay those prices on a regular basis?

For those wanting a piece a nostalgia, I have an old—wait, let’s call it “vintage”—package of Hostess CupCakes, orange in flavor, that were discovered in the apartment above the Observer a year or so ago. The expiration date says “Aug 3,” no year provided.

We presume they belonged to former reporter Jeff Pickell, the last resident of the apartment. The package has a copyright date of 2005 on it and Jeff left us during 2007, leaving me with the conclusion that the tasty orange cakes are between five and seven years old. Anyone care to see if the potassium sorbate, included in the ingredients “to retain freshness” managed to maintain the CupCakes freshness that long?

But when we’re talking about really old baked goods, the CupCakes are mere babies compared to the Miracle Box of Donuts which has been hanging out at the Observer since pre-Y2K days. Purchased in December of 1999, most of the dozen donuts escaped immediate consumption and will be here to witness their 13th birthday next month.

Yes, we will have a bunch of teenage donuts on our hands. Although they look much the same as when new, it appears that all traces of moisture in them are long gone, leaving them almost weightless. I’m amazed that they have lasted this long without molding.

 I suppose I should think about throwing them a party in honor of their upcoming milestone (how many donuts make it to age 13?), or at least buying them some sort of gift. I’m not really sure what to buy teenage donuts. Maybe I should get all of them a cell phone.

 I can almost imagine what their first text message would be. Probably something along the lines of “Hey! It’s been thirteen years! How about letting us out of this box?”

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