A pair of Fayette fund raisers 2.13

Written by David Green.

PTO: Fayette’s PTO group aims to fill the gaping hole in front of the new school. The framework is in place, but the digital sign that will announce school events has yet to be purchased.

Fund raising for the sign continues in the current school year with the group’s biggest project—the annual pancake and sausage supper and raffle.

This year’s event is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday in the south gymnasium at the high school. As always, children of age preschool and under are admitted free.

If there’s one thing the PTO raffle is famous for, it’s the quality of the prizes. This year’s drawing will feature a Dell laptop computer, a Wii game system and an Apple iPod Nano.

Tickets will continue to be on sale at the dinner, up until the drawing time around 7 p.m.

Although the PTO is currently focussed on the dinner and raffle, the group has addressed other issues in recent months.

LEGION: A few veteran members of Fayette’s American Legion Post aren’t able to easily get inside the building due to the exterior steps.

That problem will be a thing of the past some day after members complete a project to make the facility handicapped accessible.

But the first order of business is fund-raising and that effort starts Friday with a series of six fish dinners. Serving is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“We have elderly veterans who can’t come in anymore,” said commander Victor Molina.

With the help of Fayette’s newly-chartered Sons of the American Legion group, Molina said there’s plenty of help available to see the project through.

The new Sons group, under the direction of Jake Leininger, has 40 members signed up.

“There are a lot of young guys who are really active,” Molina said. “The Sons give us a lot of exposure.”

Membership is open to sons and grandsons of qualifying veterans.

Plans call for construction of a ramp on the north side of the building that will end at an existing elevated doorway. Interior changes include closing off the kitchen to prevent the need for guests to pass through the kitchen on the way to the rest rooms.

 

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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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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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    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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