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.

2009.07.15 Ernie Close: Aerial truck

Written by David Green.

My name is Ernie Close. I work for the Ann Arbor City Fire Department and I am writing to express my views on the issue of the opportunity to purchase an aerial truck from Archbold.

I have had the opportunity and pleasure to assist the Morenci Fire Department with various training programs during the past three years. It is without a doubt, that the men and woman possess great pride and dedication to the organization. The firefighters strive to advance their skills and abilities to better serve the community.

On June 23, 2009 we used the aerial truck during a live fire training evolution and firefighters inspected the unit at the station. I personally inspected the truck from top to bottom and found the apparatus to be in excellent condition for this 1975 Stuphen aerial. Archbold has obviously taken proper care and maintenance of the truck. Low mileage and hours are typical of specialty apparatus in smaller communities.

Department members understand the requirements of additional training, maintenance and inspection (and costs) with ownership of a ladder truck. The members noted that there is the potential to lower insurance costs for the residents and businesses in the community. Foremost, discussions took place regarding the ability to assist in life safety and fire control with the use of an aerial truck and that it would be an asset to the organization.  

During my last 29 years full-time and 22 years part-time fire service career, I have used various ladder trucks to better serve our communities. Having a ladder truck immediately on the scene can make the difference in saving a life and structures that would normally be lost in most towns.

I would encourage all citizens of Morenci to show their support to make the purchase of the aerial truck for their community.

– Ernie Close

State Certified Instructor

Pinckney, Mich.

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