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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.

2008.04.16 Michael Kopaniasz

Written by David Green.

In response to the April 9 letter in the State Line Observer from Mrs. Trulla McClain and the Concerned Citizens, I Michael P. Kopaniasz, the Morenci Area EMS Supervisor, along with Cindy Lazarz, Morenci Area EMS (MAEMS)  Manager, would like to respond to the question, “Why are we paying for an ambulance service that is not always available?” My question to you is, what does Morenci Fire Department do when they are called on two house fires at once, or assisting another community with a fire?    

 The 2007 and 2008 run logs showed Morenci Area EMS missed calls, but not necessarily because of a transfer. This year, we have missed only one run because we were already on a 911 medical call.  In 2007, MAEMS ended with 451 runs and nearly 20% were transfers for a total of 56 ALS and 34 BLS totaling 90. MAEMS missed five calls last year,  only one because we were on a transfer. The other three calls occurred when we were already on 911 medical calls in our service area. 

We do transfers because of a 10-year contracted agreement to help keep money in our community.  We are contracted to transfer all residents of Addison, Madison, Hudson and Morenci service areas from Bixby and Herrick Hospitals, one out of four weeks every month. The other three weeks, transfers are performed by the other three  listed agencies.  MAEMS is run no differently than any of the other ambulance services in Lenawee County, with the exception that we have no first responders. MAEMS makes every attempt to find a second crew to do  transfers. There are only four EMTs who actually live in the MAEMS service area out of the 18 total employees. I do not know how “too many employees are hired by the EMS service,” referring to a Morenci City Council Meeting audience member statement printed in the October 2007 Observer. There are only two paid employees at a time to work 24-7-365, and none of them receive benefits. There are only three Morenci Fire Department firefighters who have an EMT license and work for MAEMS. 

Mrs. McClain and the Concerned Citizens, simply put: we are available. If I was to be asked what we do when we are not on a transfer or 911 run, I would tell you that for your community we provide free of charge: an open door policy for vital signs and basic first aid, every Tuesday  meals on wheels, assist the fire department on fires, help with missing children searches and provide vital sign checks during our EMS week (May 18-24 behind City Hall).

For questions or concerns, call 458-7098 and ask for Michael P. Kopaniasz or Cindy Lazarz. 

– Michael P. Kopaniasz, Morenci Area EMS Supervisor and Cindy Lazarz, Morenci Area EMS Administrator

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