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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 park board meeting 5.7

Written by David Green.

The Fayette Park Board is still spending time discussing the community swimming pool, even after its decision last month to keep the facility closed this summer.

Village council member Ruth Marlatt told the board at its May 1 meeting that several residents had contacted her regarding the decision to close the pool.

She was told that people weren’t aware of the public meeting to discuss the issue. If the meeting had been better publicized, more donations might come in to support pool operation.

Last summer, revenue from admissions fell short of operating costs by $18,000.

Board members decided to collect additional information about pool needs and costs and create an information sheet that could be given to residents at the May 17 community clean-up day and distributed to homes. The sheet could announce another public meeting.

Past park board president Kirk Keiser said that $18,000 was spent in 2001 for pool repairs. The work came with a 10-year guarantee, he said, but the company went out of business before the job was completed.

Contractors have been contacted about obtaining estimates for pool repairs, but the companies are now charging a fee for estimates. Village administrator Amy Metz will assist Scott Wagner in obtaining bids.

Keiser stated that the board attempted to locate possible grants to support pool work in 2001. Mention was made of the extra money the park program might be receiving if village council had agreed to seek a replacement of the park levy instead of a renewal. Replacement would have updated property values to current figures.

Concern was expressed about the flow of contaminants in ground water from the former Fayette Tubular Products site. There is an understanding among the board members that groundwater flows southeast toward the creek. A suggestion was made to check with the Ohio EPA about the matter.

COURTS—Quotes will be sought for paving the basketball courts. Metz suggested adding the job to the village paving projects in hopes of obtaining a better price.

BALL FIELDS—Rob Brubaker donated posts for foul lines at diamond two.

SKATEBOARDING—Chris Lantz spoke to several parents who offered to donate time to construct a skateboard area. The board was advised to look into possible liability issues.

FUND-RAISERS—Board members expressed willingness to work at Michigan International Speedway to earn money for the parks, but additional volunteers might be needed.

Forms will be distributed May 19 for the pizza sales fund-raiser. Twelve sponsors were signed up for support of the summer program. Shirts will be ordered.

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