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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.

2012.07.25 Lanny Simpkins: Turbines have a good side

Written by David Green.

I am writing because there is so much anti-propaganda about windmills, and nothing about the good side of them. The antis will say there isn’t anything good. I have been following the wind farm in the Paulding and Van Wert area. To me, they are majestic.

The anti people stretch the truth on a lot of things like roads, taxes and pictures of windmills right in backyards, which isn’t so. At the right angle, it appears that it is, but when you drive by the house you see it’s way out in the field.

I was in Paulding in March and the roads are repaved and it’s not like the anti people are saying it is.

The wind blows about every day, so why not harness it. They say we have to look at the monster and stand around and wait for the wind to blow. It takes as little as eight miles an hour to spin the prop and there are very few days the wind doesn’t blow that much.

They say the sound is deafening. My nephew and I were down there and I drove out a service drive and was within eight feet of the windmill. When we were out of the car the two of us could hardly hear it running.

Flicker. Probably if they have a ceiling fan they get more flicker from that. But I suppose if you run over a raccoon in the road you’re going to quit driving a car.

I can’t believe that the windmills are all that bad and yet so many people still put them on their land. Paulding, Van Wert, Alma, Fayette schools and now Pettisville and Archbold schools have them. In regard to the person in Fayette, if that windmill was that loud, I would think the students would have a hard time studying because they are a lot closer to it. And why would Archbold and Pettisville go ahead and put windmills up?

After going to the Legion, it is clear that the anti people don’t want to hear anything in favor of windmills. That’s why I hope the voters of Seneca Township think for themselves when they vote instead of believing something they read hanging on their mailboxes.

– Lanny Simpkins

North Street, Morenci

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