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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.

2008.11.19 David Stanifer: Early childhood education

Written by David Green.

Back in August 2005, Governor Granholm called for the creation of an Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) with the goal of having every young child starting kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed in school. For over a year, the Lenawee County Great Start Collaborative (LCGSC) has been meeting to develop and implement its mission:

“To assure a coordinated system of community resources and supports to assist all Lenawee families in providing a great start for their children from birth to age five.”

This group has attempted to bring all sectors of our Lenawee community together in an effort to better understand early childhood development and the services needed for these young children and their families.

This is a challenging effort in an era of diminishing resources and increasing need for services. As an employee of the Lenawee County Judicial system for the past 37 years, I witness, first-hand, the ever increasing need for services to families that are in crisis, with an ever decreasing availability of services/resources.

We (LCGSC) are not about creating a new wheel. Rather, making our current wheel (early childhood services) as strong, stable, accessible and visible as we possibly can. This task is monumental and will not happen overnight.

It will however, require every aspect of our community to engage.  Measurement of our success will also be a challenge as we work with and support families preparing their young children for 13 years (K-12) of school experience.

We encourage all who have a passion for this age group (0-5) to join us in this effort. A website is being developed and hopefully launched at the end of November.  It is our goal to make this website a great resource for Lenawee County families. Until the website is launched, please contact Margaret Gross, Director, for the project, at 517/424-1000, if you have questions.

– David Stanifer

Lenawee County Probate Court Administrator, chairman of the Great Start Collaborative

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