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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.

ProMedica to discuss its Morenci property with council 4.22.09

Written by David Green.

Representatives from ProMedica Health System will attend the April 27 Morenci city council meeting to discuss the company’s properties in Morenci.

ProMedica is the owner of the Morenci Health Center (former Morenci Area Hospital, built in 1961), the Charles Fay ambulance garage and training center, and the Charles Fay Village senior citizen complex which has been closed for more than a year.

The former hospital building was transferred to the Lenawee Health Alliance (LHA) in the late 1990s when hospital services ended and the board of directors dissolved.

City council members accepted a 10-year commitment from LHA (which later became part of ProMedica) that guaranteed a primary care physician, but the agreement was contingent on the financial success of services offered.

The Charles Fay Foundation contributed $300,000 toward construction of the ambulance garage and training center. The structure was built to adjoin the existing hospital clinic building.

In October 1999, a 10-year agreement was signed that called for ownership of the facility by LHA and a $1 a year lease of the buildings to Lenawee County EMS. The EMS group was to pay all operating costs.

The Charles Fay Foundation contributed $1.2 million toward construction of the $3 million senior citizen complex.

The Lenawee Department on Aging cautioned that an independent living facility was not needed in Morenci, but a survey was commissioned and support for the project was determined.

A year after Charles Fay Village opened in June 1999, only two units were rented. A decision was made by LHA to convert the facility to an assisted living residence. The Charles Fay Foundation contributed $300,000 of the $450,000 cost.

In March 2007, ProMedica announced that Charles Fay Village was operating at a loss and may revert to independent living. This would require the purchase of kitchen appliances that were removed when the conversion to assisted living took place.

No action was taken on the conversion and the facility remains closed.

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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