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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.

2012.08.01 Eric Maris: Response to turbine advertisement

Written by David Green.

A response to an advertisement,

As I was browsing through the latest edition of the State Line Observer I was surprised by an advertisement from an organization based on Elliott Hwy. It  had some official looking seals with decibel numbers on it and official looking graphics behind it. The reason I was surprised is that I had seen these exact same graphics, numbers and seals before. I realized I had seen them in a wind energy development agreement packet that Larry Gould from Great Lakes Wind and his partners from Exelon Wind had given  to the Ogden Twp. Board and the Citizens Committee for wind turbine siting to which I had been appointed. 

The odd thing  is that only a very few had access to these graphics and documents: the Ogden Trustee board, the Citizens Committee, Exelon Wind and their local partner, Larry Gould’s Great Lakes Wind. So who gave this Elliott Hwy. organization these graphics? 

We can eliminate the Ogden officials. After reading the recommendation of the Citizen’s Committee, the Trustee board voted 5-0 to enact a 40 dB noise limit at the property line. This is a lower limit than the graphics refered to. That leaves Exelon Wind and Larry Gould’s Great Lakes Wind. I think we can eliminate Exelon Wind because they moved their project from Lenawee County to Gratiot County because of “significant local opposition” to the project. So now we are only left with Larry Gould of Great Lakes Wind.

If you have followed along with me this far I think you will draw the same conclusion that I have: the organization from Elliott Hwy. must have hacked Larry’s computer.

– Eric A Martis

W. Mulberrry Rd., Blissfield

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