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.

Lenawee County Fair opens 7.16

Written by David Green.

Don’t forget—the Lenawee County Fair is no longer an August event. The event now gets underway in July and this year’s fair starts Sunday in Adrian.

In addition to the headline entertainment—singer Lorrie Morgan, Jimmy Buffet tribute group Parrots of the Caribbean and the Doodlebops Live—visitors can choose from an array of free entertainment, both in the band shell and around the fairgrounds.

The popular Chenille Sisters of Ann Arbor perform at 8 p.m. July 23. The sisters have performed their harmonies since 1985.

Right before the Chenilles, at 6:30 p.m., Charles Elliott, Patrick Dunn and Kaitlyn Yarger of Lenawee County will perform a country music show.

At 7 p.m. July 24, Fiddlers Restrung will take to the band shell stage. The Saline band is described as one of the nation’s top high school bluegrass and folk groups.

Adrian magician Stuart MacDonald performs July 25 at 8 p.m., along with his wife, Lori.

Other free entertainment includes the Bear Mountain Wildlife Encounter Show, featuring Syrian brown bears. The show will be performed throughout the seven-day run of the fair.

Street entertainer Wade Henry will return for his fourth fair week appearance. Henry will juggle and joke around the fairgrounds Monday through Saturday.

Bruce Safarian will also perform throughout the week, with entertainment including unicycle riding and juggling blades and fire.

For the younger set, the Travel’n Riverboat Show will feature music and fun as members parade around the fairgrounds.

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