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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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.

2007.08.22 David Blesing

Written by David Green.

It’s 10 a.m. Friday morning, Aug. 17, 2007. A group of people is assembled in the yard of a home on State Route 120, in Fulton County, close by the Chesterfield factory dairy. The purpose of this assemblage is to attempt to seek a solution to the factory dairy’s having depleted neighbors’ water supplies.

Included in this group is a representative of the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture, representatives of The Dragun Corp., an engineering company out of Farmington, Mich., a young lady from the Fulton County Health Dept., and several neighbors/citizens of Fulton County. The plan is to set up a monitoring program of water wells on the factory’s property and wells on neighbors’ properties in order to bring to an end the negative impact that has been occurring to the citizens’ water supplies. This is a situation that I have been observing and documenting for over a year now.

During a lull in the monitoring plan discussion, a non-neighbor/citizen of Fulton County whom I will refer to as “Mr. E.” started to rag on me, and rag on me he did. He went on for quite a while and I could hardly get a word in edgewise, which is probably just as well. Apparently Mr. E. feels that I should not be concerned with the rights and well-being of my rural friends and neighbors, and that I should not be interfering with operations of the factory dairy when they infringe on the rights and well-being of my friends and neighbors. I will not go into the specifics of what was said, as much of it is unprintable anyway.

I will take this opportunity to respond to Mr. E. and all who may read this. I understand now that there may be rumors floating around out there that are based on a great deal of “the excrement of bull,” a phrase coined by Mr. Daily, past director of the ODA.

I do support family farms.

I do not support factory farms and their ilk.

I do support sustainable agriculture.

I do not not support industrial agriculture where you have 1,750 cows on 80 acres of land,

I will continue to monitor, document, and report findings that have a negative impact on my friends and neighbors and our communities.

I will continue to work with others in our community, our state, and/or country to support family farms and sustainable agriculture.

– David L. Blesing, Sr.
Citizen U.S.A.
Fulton County, Ohio

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