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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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    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.

2010.02.17 Shirley Vanderpool: "No" on recall

Written by David Green.

Two of our township officials are being recalled for allegedly being rude and disrespectful and also for voting in favor of enforcing a special use permit for Mrs. Cordts’ child care facility on Weston Road. The vote was 3-2. I’m wondering why the two ladies are being recalled but not the man who also voted in favor of the township zoning ordinance as it is written.

At the township meeting Nov. 18, 2009, Mrs. Cordts said she was visited by a representative from the Michigan Dept. of Human Services and was told to construct a fenced 6 foot by 10 foot area for the safety of toddlers since her day care is located near Weston Road. Mrs. Cordts also stated she constructed the fence 8 foot by 24 foot. If it wasn’t needed, why did she build the fence that size?

On Jan. 20, 2010, Mrs. Cordts wrote that it is not about the fence. Then I ask, why has she written she also doesn’t need a fence put up, when she has already written that the Dept. of Human Services said she did and that she built one? On Jan. 27, 2010, she wrote that the planning commission issued her a special use permit under the supervision of the State. But she says it’s not about the fence.

Seems to me the two ladies and one man voted the right way in the beginning. It also seems the two ladies have had their names dragged through the mud. Other people in the township have had to abide by Township Zoning Ordinances. Mrs. Cordts’ land also butts up to farm land, so I would think she would want a fence for the children’s protection.

I urge the residents of Seneca Township to go to the polls Feb. 23 and vote “No” on the recall.

– Shirley Vanderpool

Seneca Township resident

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