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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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    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.

2012.01.11 Mary Snyder: Rides needed for cancer treatment

Written by David Green.

As I sit here tonight, I am still upset, but not as upset as I was two weeks ago.

I have cancer..again.

I have given to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, the veterans, and last but not least to the ACS—American Cancer Society—hoping and praying I would never be in need of their services.

Well, two weeks ago I found out once again the cancer I have been fighting since 1994 has come back in my bones. I had surgery and then found out I would need 10 rounds of radiation. This meant every day except Saturday and Sunday I had to be at the radiation department in Adrian. This has caused financial hardship for me to go to Adrian every day.

I got in touch with the ACS to see if they would give me a ride. I live 45 minute from Adrian. The ACS said yes, they could find me a ride for the 10 days I needed. I gave them the times I needed to be there each day. I couldn’t get a ride through the radiation department at the Hickman Cancer Center because they only have a couple drivers and were booked.

Then, a week ago, I got a call from the ACS. They had to back out because they don’t have enough drivers, even though they promised me a ride.

I will never help them out again. Where does all the money go?

– Mary Snyder

Coomer Street, Morenci

Editor’s note: Volunteers willing to assist Mary Snyder are welcome to contact her at 517/458-2507.

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