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.

Sportsman's Club plans Kid's Day 8.6

Written by David Green.

The kids won’t be saying there’s nothing to do Saturday. Not if you take them to the Morenci Sportsman Club’s annual Kid’s Day.

Scavenger hunts, fish pond, rod and reel casting, raffles, bird house and squirrel feeder kits, a visit from the Michigan United Conservation Club’s Wildlife Encounters—it’s open to everyone and it’s all free.

“It’s the club’s way to give back to the community,” said member Doug Fox.

The family event is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with the wildlife program scheduled at noon.

The Wildlife Encounters program will feature “Michigan’s Wild Woodlands.” Turtles and snakes, merlins and mink will join a variety of birds ranging from the kestrel often spotted on wires along highways to hawks, owls, wood ducks and the American eagle. Temperature conditions will be a factor in which animals make the journey to Morenci.

Raffle prizes include fishing poles and tackle boxes donated by merchants. The bird houses and squirrel feeders are pre-cut and drilled, ready for quick assembly for a project to take home, Fox said.

Other activities are planned and refreshments are free for kids, however, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Children will also have the opportunity to sign up for the hunter safety course.

DANCE—There’s fun for the adults later in the evening when The Travelers will play classic rock and roll from 8 p.m. until midnight.

Proceeds from the dance support several community projects sponsored by the Sportsman’s Club, including scholarships for graduating seniors, subscriptions to Tracks magazines for three schools, scholarships to attend MUCC summer camp in Chelsea, hunter safety courses, the winter archery league for children, Kid’s Day and donations to various local functions.

The club is located at 9151 W. Mulberry Rd., between M-156 and Weston Road.

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