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 meeting 6.4

Written by David Green.

The Fayette Park Board discussed two fund-raising ideas at meetings last month.

Police chief Jason Simon suggested scheduling a blues festival. In discussing the proposal, committee members considered having the event on the track next to the ball fields. Three bands and a DJ would be hired for a four-hour festival. Aug. 16 was suggested as a possible date.

A permit to serve alcohol could be obtained through the state.

Costs would include $2,000 for bands, $40 for a liquor license and $490 for insurance. Bracelets used with serving and portable lights would also be needed, along with the availability of a tent in case of rain.

Additional details will be collected before presenting a proposal to the village council.

A proposal was also discussed for a 10-week drawing with the weekly winner receiving $50. Tickets would sell for $25 each.

Bob Ford spoke to the board at its May 14 meeting about renting the ball fields for three days this summer. The board suggested a fee of $100 a diamond for each day, plus lights and concessions. Ford countered with an offer of $500 for three days total, plus lights and concessions. The board will discuss the issue further.

PEPSI—Scott Wagner asked about buying out the contract with Pepsi so the board could save money by buying its own soft drinks. The contract doesn’t expire until 2011.

PHOTOS—The board accepted a contract with Dale and Jenny Bates to take photographs of ball teams.

CONCESSIONS—Council member Paul Shaffer asked about allowing the Fire Belles group to operate the concession stand and give a percentage to the park board.

Shaffer was told that someone is being paid $2,000 to operate concessions and the board would rather not give up the profits to another group.

FENCE—Wagner will obtain a quote for break-away fencing.

POOL—Wagner obtained a quote from Hawaiian Pool Builders for repair work on the community pool.

The proposal would convert the north portion of the pool into a three-foot section at a cost of $34,000. The east/west section of the pool would be rebuilt to vary in depth from three feet to 10 or 11 feet near the diving boards, at a cost of $85,000. This includes new filters, but does not address the problems with the deck.

Other price quotes are pending.

SKATE PARK—Board member Chris Lantz said Tony Hawk Inc. has a layout and costs for a skate park. Village administrator Amy Metz will call the organization for additional details.

PIZZA—Pizza order forms must be turned in by June 13.

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