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.

Planning contiunues for Morenci's Living Library 3.11.09

Written by David Green.

Stair Public Library is still looking for a few good Books for its interactive Living Library.

Agnostic, Alcoholic, Conservative, Feminist, Hillbilly, Police Officer, Religious Cult Member, Senior Citizen, and Witch are among the titles already on the shelves.

Suggestions are still being accepted for  people who represent stereotypes such as Hunter, Homosexual, Muslim, Jew and High School Drop-Out—or any other stereotype that might be prevalent in this area.

The Living Library, planned at Stair Public Library Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is called “living” because the Books are people, people representing stereotypes.

Readers will “borrow” Books—for half hour loan periods—and have a conversation with them. During that time, both the Books and the Readers can ask each other questions and talk about the stereotype.

The goal of the Living Library is to promote dialogue and tolerance and reduce prejudices through interaction. Readers may be able to renew Books for another half hour if there are no other requests. Readers of all stripes are encouraged to participate in the Living Library—it’s not necessary to have raging prejudices to benefit from the program.

Anyone with suggestions for Books should contact Colleen Leddy at 517/458-6510 or 517/458-7642.

For more information, go to www.living-library.org and click “About.” Click “Activities” and scroll down to March 28 to see Morenci’s listing.

 

• The Living Library project began in Denmark in 2000 when the “Stop the Violence” youth organization was encouraged to come up with an event for the Roskilde Festival that would focus on non-violence and encourage dialogue.

The project spread throughout Europe and Australia before hitting the United States last year.

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