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.

Welcome wagon returns to Fayette 7.30

Written by David Green.

It’s time to welcome back an old tradition in Fayette: the Welcome Wagon.

While conversing with another Fayette resident recently, Karen King noted how much she would have appreciated a “welcome to Fayette” package when she moved back to the community two years ago.

She decided then that the Welcome Wagon tradition would not only be a help to new residents, but it would also be a good way to promote the community.

“I just thought it would be a nice gesture from the community to let people know we’re glad to have them,” King said.

From what she’s heard, it’s been at least 10 years since the welcoming effort disappeared in Fayette, but she intends to have it operational by the first of September.

Success depends on the cooperation of local businesses. King formed a committee and members are trying to contact all businesses in the area to urge them to contribute items.

She expects to receive pamphlets about businesses and services, discount coupons, introductory coupons, and items such as pencils, magnets or other trinkets that a company might offer.

King also encourages individuals who offer services to participate, along with churches, services organizations and the school.

When a welcome bag is delivered to a new community member, the information collected will also include a dozen freshly-baked cookies. A survey sheet will be included, allowing people to list interests and talents that would show how the newcomers might fit into community life.

Materials should be dropped off at the village office where they will be sorted into gift bags.

The welcome effort is sponsored by the Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce. Other members of the committee are Dianne Sattison, Cherie Rix, Char Rix, Ruth Schaffner and Barb Wieland.

For more information, contact King at 237-8000.

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