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.

H1N1 flu shots given in Morenci 10.28.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

More than 700 doses of H1N1 flu vaccine were given Friday in Morenci when the Lenawee County Health Department made its first to a school.

Vaccines will be given to all schools in the county by Nov. 18, and then the process will begin again for second doses to children age nine and younger.

“We thought it went quite well,” said coordinator Jane Clark of the health department.

About 42 percent of the student population chose to receive a vaccination, which is above the national average, Clark said.

The late afternoon clinic for adults brought a flood of people from throughout the area.

“We had a really long line,” Clark said. “Five nurses were giving shots, but we finished by 7 p.m.”

The final adult tally was 420 vaccines.

A few people were from Ohio—out of the Lenawee Health Department’s service area—but they were given shots anyway.

“I’m not going to turn people away,” Clark said.

The health department reported seven confirmed  cases of H1N1 influenza as of Oct. 16, and that figure will be updated this week, said department director Michael Kight. There were 223 cases of people reporting flu-like symptoms, indicating an increased incidence of flu in the area.

Tests for N1H1 are not being undertaken now that the strain’s presence in the county is known.

Schools in Hillsdale and Pittsford closed last week due to sickness and many others across the state were taking precautions as absenteeism rose.

A week ago, only around 10 percent of students were absent at Morenci’s high school and middle, a figure not much different from normal.

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