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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.

Julie Bodette raising alpacas 2012.09.26

Written by David Green.

alpaca.3Morenci graduate Julie (Buechner) Bodette fell in love with alpacas back in the 1990s and she's willing to share her love Sunday when she takes part in the annual National Alpaca Farm Day event.

Julie has a herd of 26 alpacas on her Summer Meade Farm near Swanton, but that number will soon change. 

"I have three babies on the way," she said. "Hopefully one and maybe all three will be born by farm day."

A baby alpaca, by the way, is known as a cria.

Alpaca breeders from across the nation will open their farms Sunday for the public to get a close-up visit with the unique animals. Various products made from alpaca fiber will be displayed and available for purchase, and spinning and weaving demonstrations will be given by an artisan. Bodette will explain why she believes why the alpaca business "is perfect for environmentally conscious individuals who own small acreage." She founded Sunny Meade in 1998.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The farm is located at 7770 Providence Neapolis Swanton Rd., south of Swanton.

p.alpaca.2To learn more, visit the Sunny Meade Alpacas, Ltd. web site, www.allthingsalpacaonline.com, or the farm's Facebook page.

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