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.

Our Lady of Mercy plans Extreme Home Make-over 9.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

More than 50 volunteers from seven communities gathered in Fayette a year ago for the Extreme Home Make-Over—Our Lady of Mercy Edition.

Using materials that were either donated or purchased with money earned through fund-raisers, parish members tackled numerous maintenance and repair issues at a home in the village.

They’ll be at it again this weekend, moving this year to Waldron in order to give a hand to single father Tony Roney.

Organizers are expecting an even larger crowd of helpers this year as the group works with St. Peter Catholic Church in Archbold.

A members of the Waldron football have also expressed an interest in helping since Roney serves on the coaching staff.

At least 80 church members are expected to converge on Roney’s four-bedroom home to take on exterior projects including re-roofing, installing insulation, repairing the front porch and painting.

On the inside, carpeting, painting and drywall work are planned, plus a project that will enable the family to use attic space for storage.

This marks the third year of the Extreme Make-Over effort and it’s expected to be the most expensive yet.

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to serve others,” said Anita Van Zile of Fayette. “We are encouraged and strengthened by our faith and community support.”

At the end of the work day, she said, the rewards for the volunteers will be greater than the effort needed to get the tasks accomplished.

She quotes a Bible verse from James that underpins their effort: “So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.”

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