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.

Agency assists newly homeless 12.10.08

Written by David Green.

When housing needs arise for low-income people, the Lenawee Emergency and Affordable Housing Corporation (LEAHC) assists residents in three ways.

The chief programs offered for families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of being homeless are Housing First, Emergency Shelter, and Transitional Housing.

The Housing First program is LEAHC’s largest and has served more than 1,000 individuals in the past five months.

The Housing First philosophy is fairly new to homeless providers and has a primary goal of reducing or eliminating the amount of time a family is homeless by supporting permanent housing options immediately.

If families are first stabilized with permanent housing—before necessary support services are provided—they tend to be more success in remaining in permanent housing, thus reducing the number of homeless.

In this program, families are provided with case management support including housing search assistance, landlord mediation, and follow-up. Financial assistance may be provided for eligible participants.

During the past 12 months, LEAHC has provided more than $117,000 in financial assistance for 265 families in housing crisis.  In addition, LEAHC case managers have coordinated with other human service agencies and churches for an additional $35,000 in financial assistance for families in need.

The Emergency Shelter Program provides 90 days of shelter at no cost to the participants. Daily case management, support services, food, monthly life skills training, laundry facilities, telephone service and transportation assistance is provided.

LEAHC is the only agency providing emergency shelter for Lenawee County families, and it also provides emergency shelter for single adults.

During the past 12 months, LEAHC has provided shelter for five families with 22 children, as well as helping 16 single adults. 

The Transitional Housing program provides affordable housing for up to two years and includes weekly case management, support services and monthly life skills training.

The goal of this program is to assist families with the transition from temporary to permanent housing and self-sufficiency. 

LEAHC currently operates seven transitional housing units located in Adrian, Britton, Riga and Tecumseh.  During the past 12 months, LEAHC has provided 14 adults and 16 children with transitional housing units.

LEAHC is a newly funded program of Lenawee United Way.

For more information, call LEAHC 517/264-0782.

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