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.

Morenci students to receive H1N1 flu shots 10.21.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci students are asked to wear short sleeves shirts to school Friday when nurses from the Lenawee County Health Department give inoculations for H1N1 influenza.

The flu vaccine are given at no cost and on a voluntary basis. Parents have the option of refusing the vaccination.

Morenci is first on the list of public schools scheduled for flu shots, although shots were given Monday at Adrian College and the process went well, said coordinator Jane Clark.

Vaccines will be given from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the middle school media center—serving both the middle school and high school students—and at the elementary school.

Children must have a completed permission slip and registration form. Forms were sent home with children but are also available on the school website (www.morenci.k12.mi.us). Because the inoculations are free, there is no need to fill out the insurance information section of the form.

Forms should be returned to the school Friday morning at the very latest.

Shots will also be given to staff members only if they qualify as part of five priority groups:

• pregnant women,

• people who live with or care for children younger than six months of age,

• health care and emergency medical service workers,

• people between the ages of 25 and 64 who have certain health conditions such as HIV, diabetes or heart or lung disease.

The fifth group recommended for vaccinations is children between the ages of six months and 24 years. Children nine years and younger are to receive a second shot. In Morenci, repeat vaccines will be given Nov. 20 at the elementary school.

This starts the second round of public school vaccinations, with the first round ending at Britton schools Nov. 18.

Also on Friday, inoculations will be given free to the public from 4 to 7 p.m. in the middle school office. This clinic is only for those who qualify as part of the five priority groups listed above.

Registration forms can be obtained at a school office.

Clark said there are no plans now to offer vaccines to the general public.

“We’ve been told there is a shortage,” she said.

Clark also said the health department currently has no accurate information about the incidence of H1N1 in the county.

“We know there is some,” she said, “but we don’t have a count.”

For additional information about the Morenci clinic, call the health department at 517/264-5215 or send e-mail to [email protected]

Fulton County

The Fulton County Health Department is administering a limited number of vaccines only to members of the five priority groups listed above, and only by appointment.

Call the health department at 419/337-0915.

Additional information, including clinic times and locations, can be obtained at the health department website: www.fultoncountyhealthdept.com.

Remember the Three C’s:

Clean—Practice good and frequent hand washing

Cover—Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough into your elbow

Contain—Stay home if experiencing flu-like symptoms.

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