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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 Legion raising money for Fisher House 11.05.08

Written by David Green.

The Fisher House under construction at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton is well underway, but funds are still needed to complete the project and furnish the house.

Fayette’s American Legion Auxiliary will join the fund-raising effort Sunday with a special Veterans Day Dinner.

Nearly 40 Fisher House projects are in operation in 15 states, the District of Columbia and Germany, with four additional homes under construction and nine more planned. Another six are on the drawing board for 2009.

Each house offers free lodging to family members of an injured U.S. soldier who is hospitalized at a medical base or VA medical hospital.

Following the slogan “A family’s love is good medicine,” each home provides a kitchen, laundry facilities and living space, including toys for children.

Since the first Fisher House was dedicated in 1990, an estimated 100,000 families have been served by the non-profit organization. Last year alone, families saved more than $10 million in lodging, food and transportation costs.

An accompanying program called Hero Miles accepts donations of frequent flyer miles for military families to use when traveling to a Fisher House location.

Fayette’s Legion Auxiliary will be joined by the Legion and Sons of the Legion in organizing the dinner for veterans and their family members. The meal will be served at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Post.

A program about the Fisher House organization will be presented and donations will be accepted. Profits from the dinner will also go the Dayton Fisher House project.

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