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.

Fayette councilor Craig Rower looks at green energy 1.30.08

Written by David Green.

Somewhere down the road, Fayette village council member Craig Rower hopes to see alternative energy options at work in Fayette.

As a member of the Fulton County Planning Commission, Rower reported to council members Thursday about the commission’s Jan. 22 meeting.

Rower will join Fulton County commissioners in February on a trip to Wood County to visit several solar installations.

A story in the Toledo Blade in December told about the optimistic attitude of the director of Ohio’s Department of Development regarding solar energy. He believes Northwest Ohio could become the solar capital of the Midwest due to the amount of research and manufacturing relating to solar energy.

Fulton County Regional Planning  Commission director Steve Brown agrees that solar energy development looks good for the area, noting there are so many new materials available compared to only a few years ago.

Brown wasn’t quite as optimistic about wind power in the area due to large start-up costs.

Rower talked about a test project that would collect wind data in Fayette and in the Lyons/Metamora area. After a year, the data would be analyzed to determine if erecting turbines would make sense in the area.

Brown said the study would cost about $15,000, although no funding is secured for the project. Green Energy Ohio will fund four test sites through the Ohio Anemometer Loan Program. The deadline to apply for funding is March 31.

In Michigan, the Lenawee County Commissioners pledged $20,000 in December to conduct wind turbine feasibility studies. General data for the area shows a lack of sufficient wind for energy production, but studies have not been conducted in specific areas. Lenawee’s study will collect data at the 50-meter height for one year.

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