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 park board meets 4.30

Written by David Green.

Following a decision to close the community swimming pool for the 2008 season, the Fayette Park Board is considering other ways to keep kids cool this summer, such as a splash park and water games.

The board is exploring the possibility of a levy proposal for the November election to give residents the option of funding repairs and operation of the pool. The levy would include all school district residents, not just those within the village limits.

Board members discussed fund-raising activities, including 50/50 drawings at ball games and a monthly drawing on the last Friday night game each month.

The board has also planned a pizza sales project from May 19 to June 13. For this first effort, the board will work with the Pizza Stop.

The board will also investigate earning money by selling tickets for the Toledo Mud Hens and Detroit Tigers games. A percentage of the sales would be returned to the board.

The board is contacting Brett Kolb about ball pictures again this year.

A volleyball tournament is considered to raise money for Christmas decorations and another tournament might be scheduled during the Bull Thistle Festival.

The board discussed  grant options from the Tony Hawk Foundation for money to construct a skateboard park.

PARK NEEDS—The big ball diamond needs 25 tons of stone. It was noted that ground moles are starting to dig up the diamonds again this year.

Quotes will be sought for refurbishing the basketball courts in the park.

The park is in need of new picnic tables, bleachers and playground equipment. Because of mandates to upgrade playground equipment, there are only two swings left. All equipment needs to be replaced because it is outdated.

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