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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.

Goodwill of Lenawee moves to new location 9.02.09

Written by David Green.

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan announces a community-wide “Beyond the Dream” capital campaign to support the newer and consolidated Goodwill facilities at 1357 Division Street in Adrian.

The effort seeks to raise funds to support the infrastructure needs of the headquarters facility in Adrian.

“Through the investment in this facility, we aim to serve 2,010 people by 2010,” said Goodwill Executive Director Beverly Lyell. “We outgrew our 90-year-old facility and needed additional space to expand and more efficiently operate all of our services”.

The facility was a vacant industrial property that Goodwill is “recycling” to accomplish their mission.

“We’re making this a true grass-roots community project by encouraging 2,010 people in each county that we serve—Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe and Washtenaw—to consider donating $20.10,“ said fund-raising committee chair Jack Georgal. “That would put us well on our path to securing the funds necessary to make the investments in our facility.”

Goodwill Industries of Southeast Michigan provided training and employment services to 1,531 people in 2008 and also employs 90 part-time and full-time people.

Noteworthy accomplishments include an ongoing recycling project of computers and peripherals through the Dell Corporation; recycling more than 300,000 pounds of shred annually; providing more than 350 vehicles through the Workers on Wheels program since its inception; operating four retail stores in Lenawee, Monroe and Washtenaw counties; and providing more than $1.6 million in wages to Goodwill workers in 2008.

Goodwill is said to live its mission by putting people, with barriers, to work, which empowering them to build self-confidence and independence and to gain a chance to succeed.

To learn more about Goodwill, make a contribution or donate goods, visit www.goodwillsemi.org or call 517/263-2135.

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