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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.

Fayette Fine Arts series opening 10.1

Written by David Green.

Fayette Arts Council members are calling this weekend a “String Thing.“ The 2008 Fayette Fine Arts Series opens the season with a doubleheader Oct. 3 and 4 at the Fayette Opera House.

TAPESTRY—The guitar and harp duo “Tapestry” kicks off the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Harpist Denise Grupp-Verbon joins her husband, Michael, on guitar for a return visit to the Opera House.

A harp and guitar performance may sound quiet and soothing, said Arts Council member Tom Spiess, but it’s far from sedate.

“With an energy that seemed to erupt during their performance three years ago and a repertoire that skillfully blended contemporary with classical music, this dynamic duo swept concert go-ers off their feet,” he said.

Anyone with a narrow impression of what can be performed on a harp should visit the Opera House, Spiess said, and be prepared to shed their preconceptions.

CHELSEA—The Chelsea House Orchestra will perform a concert of celtic music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Violins, violas, cellos, basses, guitars, flutes, oboes, bodhrans, djembes and harp are placed in the hands of 30 talented and motivated young people for an eclectic performance mostly derived from the Celtic tradition.

Under the direction of Jed Fritzemeier, the students’ commitment to excellence creates a rich evening of music.

The doors to the Ginnivan Theater open at 7 p.m. each night. Light refreshments will be served at concert receptions following both performances.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Season passes are available at a cost of $65 for families, $40 for individuals and $30 for seniors.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 419/237-3111.

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