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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.

Peddlers: Just say 'No thanks' and close the door 2012.10.24

Written by David Green.

The Schwann's food man. Mormon missionaries. Asphalt pavers. Storm window sales people. Political candidates. School kids selling food and wrapping paper. The neighbor boys carrying rakes or snow shovels.

During the course of a year, a variety of peddlers will come knocking on your door offering their goods, services or beliefs. It's the American way, where people are allowed to pitch their wares.

Some of them will be considered annoying, a few will be viewed as troublesome and some might even have a criminal intent, hoping they don't get caught in the act.

Morenci city council members tried to address the shadier element and soon learned that, in the United States, you can't pick and choose who is to be allowed on your doorstep. It's unconstitutional to allow fund-raising students and keep away the TruGreen man. 

A second attempt at regulating peddlers would have required registration at city hall, but the measure gained the support of only three council members. As one councilor pointed out, any seller with illegal intentions isn't likely to sign up at city hall, and besides, the registration process would still suggest an endorsement by the city—the very thing council members were trying to avoid from the old ordinance.

The ordinance that was finally accepted on a 4-3 vote outlaws aggressive panhandling and any solicitation where a sign indicates that property owners “do not wish to have their privacy disturbed.”

If a resident experiences possible legal problems with a peddler, the police are there to help, but don't expect law enforcement to check out the legitimacy of every salesman's offer. That's not the role of the police department.

The simplest way to handle peddlers without adding more "big government" to the solution is to approach their visit the same as you handle an unwanted telephone call. Refuse their offer—politely, if possible—and close the door. Take the peddling version of the do-not-call list by posting a small "no solicitors" sign on your door. Or take the approach that many people do when they see religious peddlers on their porch—don't answer the door. They'll soon go away.

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