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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.

Sauder Village plans antique car show 5.14

Written by David Green.

Antique cars will be on display Saturday at Sauder Village near Archbold to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Model T.

With nearly 100 historic cars to view, the event will provide guests with a unique view of the automobiles of days gone by. Guests will also have the opportunity to “meet” Henry Ford during special theatre performances and the chance to ride in and even drive an antique car.

The Historic Village offers a unique backdrop for collectors to share their vintage cars. Car enthusiasts from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana will display their antique automobiles in this one-of-a-kind display where guests not only view unique cars, but also talk with car owners and even watch demonstrations such as how to hand-crank start a car.

While many car shows consider any automobile more than 25 years old to be an antique, the Sauder Village show requires every car to be older than 1942. Some of the cars already registered for this year’s event include a 1914 Model T Speedster, 1931 Model A Coupe, 1915 Model T Touring, 1933 Willys Roadster and a 1926 Reo Sedan.

All activities will take place throughout the day, weather permitting.

From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., guests will have a chance to take a ride in an antique car and have their name drawn for an opportunity to drive an antique automobile.

Special theatre performances by nationally-recognized Hank Fincken as Henry Ford, the man who put the world on wheels, will add to the festivities of the day.

Fincken’s portrayal of Henry Ford in “Henry Ford: Fit to a T” is a perfect addition to this antique car event. During this interactive play, guests will learn about Ford’s past, the new Ford V-8, and even the future of soybeans. The 30-minute programs are scheduled at 11 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m.

In addition to the special display of antique cars, the Historic Village will be open to guests

For more information, call 800/590-9755 or visit www.saudervillage.org

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