Fayette FFA 11.25.09

Written by David Green.

INDIANAPOLIS—Fayette’s FFA officers pose for a photograph will attending the national convention last month in Indianapolis. Back row (left to right): Clay Burkholder, Amanda Gilmore, Reba Rash, Darrell Randall and Jon Boesger. Front row: Sarah Kovar and Jake West.

 

The officers of Fayette’s FFA chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis last month.

The keynote speaker was Mike Rowe, who is known for his television show “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe.” Rowe discussed the different meanings of safety and the understanding of what it really means to work hard.

The officers went to a career show that included numerous booths with information about colleges, stores and businesses.

The group also took two tours in the  Indianapolis area. The first trip was to a buffalo farm where students learned about raising the animals and were invited to try some buffalo meat.

The second tour was of Indiana Downs where guests saw how the computers are worked, where bets are placed and where rooms can be rented for parties.

Fayette’s dairy judging team recently placed fourth in district competition. Team members are Sarah Kovar, Kenzie Fruchey, Jessie Torres, Clay Burkholder, Cole Burkholder, Jerry Minzey, Quintin Keefer, Zayne Colegrove and Alec Hylander. The team was coached by Katie Knisley who also participated in the judging contest.

The dairy foods team—Sydney Brown, Noelle Goodson, Emily Longston, Patrick Mellott, Allison Cuff and Reba Rash—also competed.

The FFA will also participate in a Christmas Cheer Corn Drive through Dec. 1. Farmers are able to donate some of their corn crop to the cause and the money that is raised will be used to purchase toys for local families as part of a county-wide collection effort. Donations can be made at Ridgeville Elevator in Fayette.

To go along with Christmas Cheer, the Fayette FFA will collect new, unwrapped toys. Donations of toys or money to buy toys should be taken to the Fayette High School office. Proceeds will benefit Fulton County families during the holiday season. The campaign runs through Dec. 11.

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.rover
    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
  • Front.geese
    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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