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.

2007.10.17 Cecilia Conway

Written by David Green.

This letter is in response to the article, “Dairy Runs afoul of the ODA,” that appeared October 3, 2007.

Contrary to what was reported, the Ohio Department of Agriculture does not plan to pursue enforcement for the movement of manure to Chesterfield Dairy.  Because the amount stored at Vreba-Hoff’s Michigan farms was about to exceed the permitted level, approximately 600,000 gallons of manure were hauled to Chesterfield Dairy. The Ohio Department of Agriculture has approved the treatment of the manure at Chesterfield Dairy, which was an agreed upon contingency plan.  Chesterfield has implemented a treatment system similar to Vreba-Hoff’s, and all the manure will be processed through that system. The owners of Chesterfield Dairy did this voluntarily to help out a neighboring farm.

Your readers also should know that Vreba-Hoff intends to challenge all of the allegations the Michigan DEQ has raised through its recent correspondence to the farms. The new manure treatment system at both farms is in operation and working well. The backlog of manure that accumulated while Vreba-Hoff replaced the previous system is being reduced. The new system is processing twice the amount of manure that the dairies are producing. and it’s expected eventually that the new system will be more than able to handle all of the manure produced by the farms.

Moreover, no onsite storage structure failed, despite what your story reports. Although a concrete structure has developed a crack in one wall, the crack is not releasing manure. We have designed and will soon construct a new structure to replace the damaged one. One concrete structure was damaged while it was being cleaned and manure was being removed.  Because the damage was not repairable, a new structure is under construction.

Vreba-Hoff is committed to protecting the environment by appropriately processing and distributing the organic nutrients its cows produce. The farms have invested significant amounts to make sure the best manure-handling system available is being used. We’ve done that because we want to be good neighbors and an asset to the community. Thank you for allowing me to set the record straight.

– Cecilia Conway
Vreba-Hoff Dairy

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