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.

Reading Night at Morenci Elementary School 3.4.09

Written by David Green.

March is Reading Month, signaling the time for Morenci Elementary School’s annual Community Reading Night.

Organizer Melissa Elliott has several events planned for the March 16 event, ranging from guest readers to musical entertainment to refreshments. Reading Night is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The event is open to anyone from the public—not only for those associated with Mrs. Elliott’s first grade classroom—but reservations must be made to plan for refreshments. Call the school at 458-7504 to reserve a place.

The theme for this year’s event is “Books are Brain Food: Reading is Delicious.”

Mrs. Elliott will present a menu of choices from which students and parents can select.

Activities in classrooms include “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” with Holly Bella; “Cheese, Peas, Chocolate Pudding” with Brigell Bovee-Vernier; a Reader’s Theater with Tatum Penrod, and more.

In the Reader’s Theater, children will read a script from a story, with each child taking the part of a character in the book.

Among the guest readers lined up that night are John Craig, Kelley Burrow, Ruth Marlatt, Paula Grieder and Janet Rollins.

A used book sale and swap is also on the menu.

In the gymnasium, music teacher Keith Filipek will direct a performance by students at 7:10 p.m. Pizza and ice cream sundaes will be served from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.

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