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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's Helping Hands Food Pantry update 3.11.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

There’s no question about the need for a food pantry in Fayette. The challenge now is to keep the shelves stocked.

So far, that hasn’t been a problem, said Bob Yano, after the first seven weeks of operation for the Fayette Helping Hands Food Pantry. But with current economic conditions, the need to help feed isn’t likely to subside.

Looking through the statistics for February, Yano said about 200 families were helped, with about half of those families having children.

Not only has use of the pantry remained strong, but the core of volunteers needed to keep the store open has also been steady. About 25 people showed up last Thursday to help stock the shelves and clean.

Food and other goods have arrived from a variety of sources. The vast majority is purchased cheaply at the Northwest Ohio Food Bank in Toledo, but school groups and churches have sponsored food drives and individuals often leave items at the door of the pantry, located downtown in the former Gaslight Restaurant building.

Pennington Orchards has donated fruit and Dennis Farms continues to give potatoes.

“We’ve been getting a lot of meat donated lately and we’re trying to get more dairy,” Yano said.

A freezer and cooler are both available at the facility, which is owned by Don and Jane Stiriz.

Kris Keiser obtained a grant for the pantry that will bring in $1,100 in each of the next two months. Money has also come from the Fayette National Honor Society, the Lions Club and the Nazarene youth group.

Yano expects to receive many donations of fresh produce later in the summer when local gardens begin producing, and there’s been talk of planting a garden specifically for the pantry.

Unemployment figures show Fulton County with among the highest number of jobless people in the state, Yano said.

“I would expect to soon have 100 families a week near the end of the month when food stamps run out,” Yano said.

He’s sorry that the need for the pantry exists, but he’s delighted that Helping Hands came along when it did.

“Our opening was perfect,” Yano said. “I’m glad we’re here.”

Spring Drive

A special spring donation drive is now underway in conjunction with the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation. Yano expects to receive a portion of the $1 million designated for agencies dedicated to alleviate hunger.

The more money and food donated during this period, the more Fayette will receive from the Feinstein Foundation.

Not only does the local food pantry keep its shelves stocked with donations through April, Bob Yano said, but it also gets credit for each item through the Feinstein project.

Donations can be dropped off at the pantry on Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. or in canisters at the post office, school, library, bank and churches.

Donations can also be mailed to Yano at 18118 U.S. 20, Fayette, OH 45321.

 

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