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.

2007.10.24 David Blesing

Written by David Green.

Regarding the letter to the editor from factory dairy operator, Karel van de Kolk, published Oct. 10, 2007:

Mr. van de Kolk makes the statement that “we are committed to protecting the environment.” If this is true, it raises many questions that need to be answered. Who ordered the trench to be dug back in 2006 that allowed the contaminants from your production area to enter the natural wetlands in the woods behind the dairy? Why did it take almost a year to correct this problem? Is the contaminated water the reason all the trees behind your factory appear to be dead and dying? Do your contaminated waters recognize the neighbor’s property line that divides the wetland in the woods? What guarantees are there that environmental desecration such as this will not occur in the future? So many questions, no answers!

Yes, the well tests have been completed, but you failed to mention that the already depleted aquifer continued to be depleted during the testing. I was informed by one neighbor that you had expressed serious concern over this matter. I pray that you continue to do so. I guess the jury’s still out on this one, isn’t it?

Probably the most important question most folks have is should almost 700,000 gallons of manure have been transported from factories in Michigan to your factory in Ohio in the first place? If any reader would like a copy of the enforcement letter from the O.D.A. to Vreba-Hoff Dairy and Chesterfield Dairy regarding this, you may call me at 419/452-7438 and I will see that you are mailed one. I am afraid that this will not answer questions but only raise more.

Mr. van de Kolk, actions speak louder than words.

– David L. Blesing, Sr.

Lyons, Ohio

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