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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.

Nick Hunt joins Wheelin' Sportsment event 2010.04.28

Written by David Green.

nick_hunt-er.jpgBy DAVID GREEN

Up at 3:30 a.m. to make a 4:30 breakfast in a warehouse at Toledo Express Airport, then into the field at 5:30 before the hunt began at daylight.

Not the best hours to keep for a teen-ager, but it was worth it to Nick Hunt. He came home with a 17-pound wild turkey in a special hunt sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

Nick was at the Bass Pro Shop in Rossford one day with his step-father, Chuck Ekins, when he saw a couple of men selling hot dogs and brats for a NWTF fund-raiser.

“One of the guys noticed I have one arm and wondered if I wanted to go on a hunt near Toledo airport,” Nick said.

The NWTF sponsors special events across the country through the organization’s Wheelin’ Sportsmen program.

“It helps disabled people to become hunters,” Nick said.

As the NWTF puts it, the program brings back the joy of the wild to those with disabilities.

It wasn’t a matter of bringing back the joy to Nick—he hunts every year—but this was his first experience with wild turkeys.

The event—scheduled last Saturday and Sunday—is known as the Maumee Valley/Northwest Ohio Ultimate TeamUp and it’s successful enough that it was voted the number one Wheelin’ Sportsman hunt in the nation last year.

The event is coordinated with the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority—owner of the airport—on property surrounding the facility.

“The whole point is help prevent wildlife from getting in front of planes,” Nick said, and this hunt is one of many on the property.

“We have a group that hunts there already,” said the event coordinator Brad Christenson of Swanton. “Since we have all that land and since there are turkeys there, we said why not do something beneficial?”

That was four years ago and the hunt keeps getting better every year.

“We had eight hunters the first year and they got two birds,” Brad said. “We had 15 this year and they got seven birds.”

The fund-raising banquet is also growing. That’s one more segment of the busy weekend that NWTF members and their guests take part in.

On the first weekend of turkey season, local NWTF members meet at the Valleywood Golf Club in Swanton for a fund-raising banquet. This year brought the biggest attendance yet with 175 people.

There’s not much sleep for members. After cleaning up from the banquet, they’re back at it at 3:30 the next morning to prepare breakfast.

“It’s tough finding hunters to participate,” Brad said about the Friday-Saturday-Sunday commitment.

Nick was willing to make the commitment and he got his turkey from a blind about 8 a.m. Saturday.

He wasn’t going to make the return trip Sunday, Brad said—he got his bird and wanted to leave more for the others—but he was convinced that it was a two-day hunt.

“We saw four turkeys today,” Nick said Sunday afternoon, but they were all hens.

He also got some lessons on using a turkey caller (slate sound box and striker), and he also learned how and where to set up for turkeys.

Each guest hunter has a guide from the NWTF and there’s also an assistant or two to help get the hunter into the field.

“The other hunters had mobility problems but I could go where the others couldn’t,” Nick said.

That meant slogging through the mud where a wheelchair would get bogged down.

There were two female hunters this year, Brad said, and both are pregnant. The youngest hunter was 10 years old and this oldest participant was 74. Four of the seven birds were shot by first-time hunters.

“The experience is fantastic,” Brad said, and Nick agrees.

He’s already looking forward to another try next year. For now, the family will savor his success. Once dressed, the bird weighed in at 12 pounds and it will soon go into the smoker.

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