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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.

Calvin Teal publishes book about U.S.20 2011.07.13

Written by David Green.

twin.curves.stateionOnce Calvin Teal began collecting material for a book about U.S. 20, the photographs started rolling in. And so did the contacts.

He would speak to one person who directed him to a relative who had photos who sent him on to someone else with material.

He ended up learning much more about the road than he thought existed—and that’s just from Assumption to Fayette.

Calvin was interested in just that small portion of the cross-country highway, and even from that limited stretch he ended up with more material than he had room for in his book that should end up with close to 70 pages.

Calvin sought information about restaurants, service stations and other businesses along the road that no longer exist. It took some searching.

“I knocked on a lot of doors,” he said, and knocking was just the beginning.

The challenge was getting to know people well enough—or rather allowing them to get to know him—so they would trust him to borrow important photographs and bring them back unharmed.

Calvin started his project four years ago—four long years ago.

“It seems like it was just taking forever,” he said.

He’s very disappointed that two people who offered a lot of help with the project—Bill Miller of Lyons and David Lauffer of Bryan—are no longer alive to view the book.

Calvin’s related book—a pictorial history of State Route 120 from Berkey to Munson—might happen and it might not. He’s not sure that he’s ready to dive in again so soon.

“We’ll see how this first one goes,” he said, “and then maybe I’ll get cracking on it.”

BOOK ORDERS—“U.S. Rt. 20 on the Run, Then and Now” is in the final proofreading stages and should be ready for purchase before September. He expects a book-signing session will be arranged at some date, but  area readers can place an early order for the book and save some money.

Pre-publication order forms are available at the Fayette library to request a copy for $12. After the book is published, the regular price will be $17.

Completed forms and payment should be sent to the Metamora Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 174, Metamora OH 43540.

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