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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.

Silbond Corp. could benefit from tax credit 7.22.09

Written by David Green.

A proposed tax credit could benefit Weston’s Silbond Corporation—America’s only producer of ethyl silicate used in  many Department of Defense applications.

Congressman Mark Schauer (D-MI) introduced the American Commercial Ethanol Fairness Act of 2009 (HR 3235) with the support of local business, labor and economic development officials. The legislation corrects an unintended consequence of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit—signed into law by President Bush in 2004—which has artificially inflated commercial ethanol market prices and had a severe financial impact on Silbond.

“By leveling the playing field, we can help this innovative manufacturer survive and thrive in Lenawee County for years to come, allowing them to save and create good-paying jobs,” said Schauer.

The measure will help protect American national security interests, Schauer said, and also help address the U.S. trade deficit.”

Schauer’s legislation would establish a 45 cent tax credit for each gallon of ethanol used to produce Tetra Ethyl Ortho Silicate (TEOS—also known as ethyl silicate), a substance used in micro-electronics, marine coatings and many U.S. Department of Defense applications. Each year, Silbond exports half of its production to countries including Mexico, China, Japan and Korea, which helps level America’s trade deficit.

“This tax credit will provide an immediate economic stimulus,” said John W. Gruber, Chief Financial Officer for Silbond Corporation. “Silbond will be able to keep and create jobs and invest in capital equipment and latest technologies, which will in turn allow our vendors and suppliers to retain and create jobs. There will be a definite, positive impact on the economy in Lenawee County, the State of Michigan, the Midwest region and the entire country.”

TEOS is a strategic raw material component in the manufacture of DRAM, flash logic, analog mixed signal, discrete devices and developmental research products by Dell, Texas Instruments, Motorola, Intel, Lawrence Livermore Labs, National Security Administration, Sandia National Labs, BAE Systems Information and Electronic Warfare Systems, Honeywell and others. It is also used in the production of primer coatings for corrosion protection on U.S. naval ships.

Last year, the Lenawee County Commission approved a resolution calling on Congress to take action on similar legislation.

“The Lenawee Economic Development Corporation supports Congressman's Schauer's legislation,” said James P. Gartin, President and CEO of the Lenawee Economic Development Corporation.

To learn more about Silbond Corporation, visit www.silbond.com.

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