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.

Linenkugel to perform at Opera House 2.25

Written by David Green.

Well-known hammered dulcimer player Wes Linenkugel will perform with his quartet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fayette Opera House.

Linenkugel is joined by fiddler Mike Gleason, guitarist Bob Schramm and bassist Jack Lewis.

The quartet plays what is most commonly referred to as “Olde Tyme Music”—a type of folk music that encompasses fiddle tunes, waltzes, jigs, reels, Gospel tunes, and other folk styles.

“We are an acoustic group, primarily instrumental (no one would pay us to sing!) and we play what I would call ‘high energy music,’” Linenkugel said. “Whether the tune we’re playing is a lightning fast reel or a slow, lilting waltz, we approach all our music with the same high energy.  We like to involve ourselves in the music and we love to play for our audiences.”

The quartet often brings in other instruments—trumpet, saxophone, celesta, bouzouki and others—and plays in other musical styles including jazz and ragtime. Questions from the audience are encouraged in the group’s informal style.

Linenkugel has recorded 11 albums and has performed at venues ranging from the Ohio and Indiana State Fairs to Greenfield Village and Renfro Valley. He has a collection of awards from various competitions.

He began playing the hammered dulcimer in 1978 on an instrument that his father built.

Tickets cost $10 per person, with a $2 discount for senior citizens. Groups of 10 or more people may obtain tickets for $6 each. Call 419/237-3111 to reserve tickets. Light refreshments will follow the program.

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