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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.

Fayette council hears details of sewer plan 12.19

Written by David Green.

Fayette has a sewer upgrade plan to hand over to the Ohio EPA. Now council members must wait for a response and expect negotiations with the agency.

“This is a proposal,” village administrator Tom Spiess explained to council members Thursday. “There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done.”

Spiess introduced Tim Harmsen of Arcadis, the engineering firm employed by the village, who spoke about the details and cost of what’s known as the Combined Sewer System Long Term Control Plan.

“It’s not a very bright picture, but you’ve got to stay positive,” Harmsen told council. That’s about the only advice I can give you.”

Harmsen laid out a 20-year plan that would finish rebuilding the village sewer system to separate storm water from sanitary waste. The system was built as a combined system that handles storm and sanitary in the same sewer line.

When completed, the system would eliminate overflows of sewage into Spring Creek—as ordered by the Ohio EPA.

Harmsen said the system has 19 permitted overflow points, including four primary, active combined sewer overflows (CSOs). When water flowing through the system exceeds capacity—such as during a heavy rain—overflows occur.

The village has spent about $1.5 million in the past to install separate sewer lines and the remainder of the project would cost an estimated $4.6 million, at today’s construction costs.

To pay for the work, Harmsen said the village will need to increase sewage fees by 9.0 percent annually. Grants and low interest loans are also part of the financial picture.

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