The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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.

Canandaigua store re-opens 2014.04.23

Written by David Green.

More than four years have passed since Jack Arnett closed the Hudson Lake Market in Canandaigua. An “open” sign will appear on the door next month when Denise Walsh of Morenci re-opens the grocery.

“I think we’re going to have a lot of business,” Walsh said. “We’ve had so many people stop in and everybody is so excited to have it open again.”

She’s set May 19 as the opening date for Shirley May’s Place, named in honor of her mother.

The Wayne-Westland native has lived in Lenawee County for several years and is no stranger to running a convenience store. She served as the night manager at Clayton’s PS Foods. She will run the Canandaigua market with her sons Jason and Nash.

Walsh expects the store to be much like it was when the Arnetts were in business. There will be groceries and Homestead ice cream, and eventually she hopes the beer and wine license will be approved.

Some of the features she wants to have are dependent on good internet service and that’s a problem in Canandaigua. Lottery ticket sales and hunting and fishing license sales are tied handled through the internet.

Walsh would like to have a produce stand for local farmers to sell items. She also intends to sell bait, but there’s a licensing procedure to go through.

Taco Night and Coney Dog Day are expected to return.

She pleased with the condition of the equipment after four years of closure and the biggest preparation chore is simply cleaning the store—that and getting the shelves restocked.

“I think it will be fun,” Walsh said. “We want to make it like a hometown store.”

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