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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.

2009.05.06 Sybil Diccion: Praise for library, band

Written by David Green.

Should anyone have any doubts about Colleen Leddy’s ability to reach for the stars, they should doubt no more. I never cease to be amazed by her creative genius and her solid enthusiasm for a library program that benefits everyone of all ages. Sunday’s event was evidence of her endless penchant for detail. She forever worries that no one will show up for her projects but as always happens, there is standing room only.

Sunday’s venture featured Michael Rosenberg, author of “War as They Knew It;” a telling of the U-M/Ohio State rivalry during a time of unrest in America. Prior to his presentation, he mentioned that he had appeared at numerous book signings but none had come close to this particular turnout and with this much fanfare.

I can almost imagine that Mr. Rosenberg probably thought that a small-town event would be a ho-hum affair and he might even have entertained second thoughts about coming. But he didn’t reckon with Ms. Leddy's reputation for creative detail. There was no doubt that he was pleasantly surprised and impressed.

The whole community owes Colleen a debt of gratitude. She’ll demur when compliments come her way and she will rightly give credit to those who help her achieve her programs. But we all know where the seed of inspiration originates: ’tis in the heart of the girl transplanted from the Big Apple to right here in little Morenci.

Congratulations, Colleen, and thank you.

Also, I personally want to thank Mr. Jamie DeVoe and the members of the MHS band who volunteered to perform for the library event on Sunday afternoon. The selections were appropriately chosen for the occasion (think “Go Blue” and “Hail to the Victors”) and the band’s presence jazzed up the festivities.

I, for one, am grateful that a musician of Mr. DeVoe’s caliber has chosen to stay with the Morenci band program and it appears that his students feel the same way.

– Sybil Diccion

Main St., Morenci

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