The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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.

Vreba-Hoff Dairy runs afoul with ODA 10.3

Written by David Green.

Vreba-Hoff Dairy has angered environmentalists over discharges of contaminated water, the Michigan DEQ over failure to comply with state law and to respond to its orders for a better operation, many Medina Township residents over road damage, the Lenawee County Road Commission over failure to pay the requested amount for the repair of damaged roads, and several citizens in the Morenci area over continuous hauling of liquid manure during a weekend in August.

Is there anyone else to add?

Try the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

That agency is considering enforcement action for unauthorized use of the Chesterfield Dairy—relating to the Aug. 27 to 29 movement of 678,000 gallons of manure from the two dairies northwest of Morenci to the dairy on Fulton County Road 14, a facility where Vreba-Hoff Dairy Development is serving as consultant and developer.

Vreba-Hoff Dairy Development and operator Karel Vande Kolk were notifed Aug. 31 by the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) that they failed to comply with a manure transport contingency plan developed in April 2007. The plan cleared the way for moving manure from the two Vreba-Hoff dairies to Chesterfield, providing five conditions were met.

According to the ODA, the Chesterfield Dairy failed to have a fully operational anaerobic treatment system approved for use before manure was received. In addition, the nutrient analysis of the manure transported into Ohio was not provided within the specified time.

“The terms of the contingency plan could not be made clearer,” said Kevin Elder in the letter.

• Update: The ODA is not pursuing enforcement action and has not responded to questions about why the agency decided to ignore the transport contingency plan.

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