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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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.

Fayette library receives grant 1.14.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette children’s library Denise Jensen didn’t think a foundation 2,400 miles away might care about a small-town library in northwest Ohio.

The Libri Foundation did care and Jensen is glad they did. Initially she was pleased simply because of all the work needed for the grant application. Now she has 63 new hardcover children’s books to add to the library’s collection.

The sole purpose of the Libri Foundation, based in Eugene, Ore., is to help small, rural libraries acquire quality children’s books that they probably wouldn’t be able to buy on their own.

Libri lists as its philosophy the belief that “children who learn to enjoy reading at an early age continue to read throughout their lives. In order to develop a love of reading, children must have access to books which stretch their imaginations, touch their emotions, expand their horizons.”

For many children, the local library is the primary source of reading material. At the same time, libraries are facing increasing financial difficulties.

Jensen learned about the foundation through the state library and decided to give it a try. She used $350 from the summer reading program funding for a matching grant.

With the donors’ approval, she used $250 from TRW and $100 from Lowell Beaverson for the match. Libri uses a two-for-one formula, resulting in a total of $1,062 worth of new books.

“These books are just incredible,” Jensen said. “They’re all hardcover books and many of them are award-winners.”

The books range from fiction for young teens to board books for the Wee Read program.

She’s especially pleased with the non-fiction selection since budget-cuts forced a hold on buying them.

Jensen learned last May that Fayette’s Normal Memorial Library was chosen to receive a grant and she made her choices over the summer from the reading list provided by Libri.

“I’m really looking forward to the kids getting these books,” she said. “They’re all books that kids are going to pick up and read.”

• The Libri Foundation has donated more than $3.5 million worth of books since its founding in 1990.

In 2008, three libraries from Ohio were chosen for grants and eight from Michigan.

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