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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.

2010.09.01 Jennifer Williams: Support for music festival missing

Written by David Green.

The third annual Fayette Music Festival was Aug. 21 and as you may remember the weather wasn’t very nice for an outside event.  As the day went on our prayers were answered.  The clouds broke up, the sun popped out and it turned out to be a very pleasant evening.  There was great music, good food, and laughs shared by those few brave souls who attended.  

As a Fayette Park Board member I would like to say “Thank you” from the bottom of my heart to those who came out to support our event—not only this year’s attendees but also those who have attended in the past.

We try to plan events that appeal to all walks of life, young and old. The funds from these events are used to better the park and lower costs for our kids programs. The people attending our events also purchase things at the local businesses, and could possible attract new people to move into the area.

But a big part of our event equation that is missing is our Fayette community support. It surprises me that the attendance is so low. If everyone in the Fayette area would view this event with an open mind, the benefits would be huge by attracting more and more outside attendance with their family and friends.  One thing I want to stress is that our Music Festival is not a drunken heehaw.  We bring in good clean bands and local vendors with great food—all at a reasonable price.  

One of the biggest rewards of being a Park Board member are the great memories I have of the events we plan. It was wonderful to see the many children running around throwing a football, or just sitting with their family enjoying the music.

There was one child who brings a smile to my face every time I think of this year’s Music Festival. I thank you, Danny, your great dance moves and big smile helped me remember why I invest my time to plan park events.  

I really appreciate knowing that the family time I lose planning events, isn’t a huge waste.

– Jennifer Williams

Fayette Park Member and Community Member  

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