Tom Spiess: Many working together for success 2011.10.05

Written by David Green.

Congratulations to those Fayette and area residents who work tirelessly to sponsor events that benefit our community.

Even though the weather was not as cooperative this year as in past years, the community groups and individuals that stepped  up to organize, support and operate the 2011 Bull-thistle Festival, the Music Fest and the Fall Fest are to be congratulated and thanked for their efforts.

Each of the aforementioned events afforded community organizations an opportunity to develop support for the projects they sponsor while at the same time enjoying the fellowship of neighbors and friends.

Dollars raised at these events have gone a long way toward making our community “livable.”  Think of all of the facilities and opportunities we enjoy that are funded by income earned at these events.

If you don’t know how community organizations use their funds, simply ask someone in the organization or join the efforts by lending a hand.

Also, if you are looking for community leaders, stop by a booth and look into the faces of those dipping the ice cream, making the French fries, directing the parade, setting up the stage, mixing the milk shakes, operating the games, serving the coleslaw, marking the spaces, posting the flyers or simply lending a hand.

Too often we hear cynics suggest that there are better and smarter ways to support our community. The door is always open for new ideas and efforts.

– Tom Spiess

County Road S, Fayette

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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    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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