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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.

Know of a famous tree? 9.17

Written by David Green.

Michigan’s Famous and Historical Trees Sought as Part of National Effort


The Michigan Forest Association, in conjunction with the Michigan Forestry and Parks Association and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is searching for famous and historic trees in Michigan.

 As part of a nationwide effort to locate and document these trees, the association plans to update its book “Michigan’s Famous and Historic Trees,” last published in 1976. 

“Many trees, due to their long life, are considered silent witnesses to history,” said Lynne Boyd, chief of the DNR’s Forest, Minerals and Fire Management Division.  “Many of Michigan’s famous trees have been lost to old age, storms or disease including the Old Council Tree in Emmet County, where chiefs of the local tribes held council.”

“Recording and preserving these wonderful living recorders of history is part of our culture and is important part of the heritage of Michigan,” said Kevin Sayers, coordinator of the DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program.

The categories of famous and historic trees which the Michigan Forest Association has adopted as established criteria for selection are as follows:

- Trees associated with notable people.

- Trees associated with the development of the nation.

- Trees associated with eminent educators and educational institutions.

- Trees associated with art and artists, literature and writers, law, music, science and the cultural life of the state.

- Trees associated with churches and religion.

- Trees associated with early forestry and conservation.

- Trees with distinctive scenic and esthetic associations.

- Trees historic or famous because of unusual size or age. Most trees in this category will already be on record in The American Forestry

Association's Social Register of Big Trees. The Michigan Botanical Club administers a similar program in Michigan.  Visit: http://www.michbotclub.org/big_trees/bigtrees.htm.

- Trees that have gained prominence due to unusual form or botanical characteristics.

Trees such as the James Oliver Curwood tree in Owosso, Dr. Dorsch’s Gingko in Monroe, the Republican Oaks in Jackson, and Hudson Motor Car Pine are all examples of Michigan’s famous or historic trees.

Anyone wishing to nominate a tree for recognition should provide the following information:

- Trees species (if known)

- Exact location

- Reason for historical significance

- Present landowner (if known)

- Photos (if available)

- Contact information

Nominations may be submitted via e-mail to [email protected] or by writing to the Michigan Forest Association at 6120 South Clinton Trail, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. 

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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