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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.

Theresa Chang honored by Asian American group 05.27.07

Written by David Green.

Citizens for Quality Care (CQC) president Theresa Chang returned Saturday from New York City where she was a recipient of a national business award.

Chang attended the annual banquet of the Asian American Business Development Center as a winner of the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” award. The event honors entrepreneurship of Asian Americans from across the country.theresa.chang

The objective of the award program is to “promote and strengthen the voice and role of Asian Americans and to highlight their achievement and contributions.”

Recipients are said to represent a microcosm of the best of Asian American business owners and professionals, coming from a pool of diverse and multi-talented individuals engaged in a wide range of business interests.

Honorees are chosen based on their accomplishments, contributions to society and and leadership qualities. Chang’s nomination was made by Dr. Keith Whitehouse of Morenci.

U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao was the keynote speaker at this year’s banquet Friday night at the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue. More than 700 guests attended the event.

Chang opened her first CQC assisted living home in 1993 near Adrian and her second home in 1995 in Morenci. Both homes have been remodeled and enlarged.

She acquired the Stephenson Home in Adrian when it was threatened with closure in 1999.

As president of the company, Chang is responsible for overseeing all aspects of management and strategic planning. She possesses degrees in nursing and health care administration and has volunteered her services with the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Red Cross. She is also a frequent speaker on senior care topics at service club meetings.

She is involved with the Taiwanese American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Detroit where she created a young entrepreneur group to encourage Asian youngsters entering the business world. She created the Asian American Business Development Conference which is now in its fifth year.

She is the only woman to receive the best businessperson award from the World Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce and has served as a speaker and advisor in Taiwan hospitals.

She is currently working to complete a doctorate degree and studies the legal system.

    – June 27, 2007 

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