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.

Controlled burn planned at Schoonover 4.15.09

Written by David Green.

The grass grows tall. The fire sweeps through. The growth returns and a healthy prairie is maintained.

It’s an age-old story on the prairies of America and it’s a story that will be played out during the next month at the Schoonover Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in Seneca Township.

Grasslands at the 95-acre preserve will be burned, when weather permits, between now and May 15 by personnel from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Schoonover WPA is located at the intersection of Canandaigua and Medina roads. The property was last burned in 2004.

Controlled burns aid native prairies and marshes by discouraging shrubs and trees from establishing and helping warm season grasses to germinate. Fire also helps manage a balance between open water and wetland plants in marsh areas.

The burn also eliminates years of built-up dead vegetation that could increase the risk of a wildfire.

The property was transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service in 1991 and contains 34 acres of grassland, 53 acres of wetlands and eight acres of upland woods. Prairie grasses were planted in the late 1990s.

As the name implies, the waterfowl production area was established to produce ducks. The site is open to the public for activities including environmental education, photography, hiking and wildlife observation.

There are no restricted seasons at the preserve, but human activity could be disruptive to nesting birds.

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