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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.

Toilet in front means help is on the way 07.11.2007

Written by David Green.

Don’t expect to see a toilet in the front yard of John and Kathy Wickham’s home in Morenci. They have insurance for that sort of thing.

The Wickhams paid a $15 premium for Bowl Insurance to make sure it doesn’t happen during the course of a fund-raiser that started Sunday.

Money collected will go toward “Extreme Home Makeover: Our Lady of Mercy Edition.”

For the second year in a row, parish members will take a day to help out a member of the church with home rehabilitation needs.

“We have $425 already,” said Traci Maginn of Fayette, one of the organizers of the event. “We had a donation of $100. The remainder was from fear that the toilet might appear in their yard.”

She’s heard the traveling toilet will  soon be heading to her yard—an oversight on her part from failing to buy insurance.

For $5 the toilet will be removed; for $10 it will be removed and transported to the yard of the parishioner of your choice.

The group is aiming for $1,000 to buy materials for the project, but maybe less will be needed depending on donations.

This year’s makeover, scheduled Aug. 25, will focus on the Fayette residence owned by Brandi McIntosh. The home is in need of a lot of mostly minor repairs that all add up to a lot of work—particularly for a newly single mother who is putting herself through nursing school while raising three small children.

“She’s working so hard and doesn’t have the time for these things,” Traci said, “and it would be too costly to hire someone to do it.”

That’s where the Extreme Home Makeover team takes over. Last year—the first year for the project—a group of volunteers spent about 10 hours fixing up the home of another parishioner.

Traci expects a couple dozen “amateur professionals” to tackle the needs at the McIntosh home, ranging from replacement of a floor joist to finishing drywall and trim to repairing a screen door.

Guided by a statement from Ralph Waldo Emerson—“The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us”—Traci hopes that Our Lady of Mercy’s efforts will be copied by others.

“Hopefully it will be a catalyst for others to look around their communities and see what they can do,” she said.

She knows what her group can accomplish and she’s looking forward to the big day—once she gets that toilet out of her yard.

• For more information, contact Traci and Mike Maginn at 419/237-3344; Nete and Jerry VanZile at 419/237-3019; or Pat and Ron Eisel at 419/737-2163.

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