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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 events 10.29.08

Written by David Green.

DONKEY BASKETBALL—Fayette High School’s Parent Support Group is bringing donkey basketball back to town for a fund-raiser Nov. 6. The game will begin at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

Proceeds from the game will be used to support the After-Prom event in the spring.

Junior class students and parents will ride donkeys, along with school staff members, alumni and other community members.

Tickets are available for $6 before the event at $8 at the door. Call 419/237-2556 or 237-2734 to obtain a ticket.

ELECTION DAY DINNER—It just wouldn’t be Election Day in Fayette without the annual meal served by the Women’s Ministries of the Fayette Christian Church.

The women’s group has served meals for years, said member Paulette Potts, to encourage voters to go to the polls and to raise money for various charitable projects.

Ham loaf or turkey is served, along with a variety of other menu items. Carryout meals are available by calling 419/237-2611, beginning at 11 a.m. when the doors open.

“It’s a wonderful meal, a great value and good conversation,” Potts said. “Besides, all the money goes to providing assistance in the community.”

FEATHER PARTY—Attention Bingo fans: This is your big weekend in Fayette.

The Gorham-Fayette Fire Department has scheduled its annual Feather Party in the high school gymnasium, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Bingo starting at 6 p.m.

Turkeys will be given away, along with door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and raffles.

Guests can purchase one ticket to allow unlimited Bingo games or they can pay for individual games. The final “coverall” game is not included in the unlimited ticket.

BLOODMOBILE—A Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Fayette Church of the Nazarene, located at 511 S. Fayette St. in Fayette.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and provide a valid photo ID upon donation.

Blood collected from areas donors supports  patient services at 23 Northwest Ohio hospitals.

For information about donating blood, call the American Red Cross at 1-800-448-3543 or visit givebloodtoday.org.

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