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.

Fayette Historical Preservation Group 12.09

Written by David Green.

The Fayette Historical Preservation Group has no meetings scheduled over the winter, but there are several ways to continue learning about local history, says Kathleen Fix.

The Toledo Blade is publishing excerpts from the latest book by Toledo historian, Kenneth Dickson called “Benjamin Franklin Stickley and the Maumee Valley.”

“Readers will learn more about such famous characters as the American Indian chief, Pontiac, and Col. Howard Dresden, of Winnameg, who befriended the Indians and looked out for their safety,” Fix said.

Readers will also get a better understanding of the battles that were fought and the forts that were built to make possible the opening of Northwest Ohio to the settlers. Land was sold to settlers who would clear the land, build homes, and farm, she said, and towns like Fayette sprang up everywhere.

Verna Williams, former director of the Fayette Normal Memorial Library, pointed out at the Fayette History Day last month that photos and historical information about the Fayette area is available at the website blackswampmemories.org.

Black Swamp Memories is a service of the Wood County District Public Library in partnership with the BGSU Center for Archival Collections and the Northwest Regional Library System (Norweld), with other area historical museums and the Wood County Genealogical Society.

Many museums are open through the holidays and the winter for the public to visit. The Fulton County Historical Museum is open Tuesdays, 1 to 7 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The museum’s new director is John Swearingen, Jr. The museum can be contacted by calling 419/337-7922 or writing to [email protected]

Other area museums to include the Lenawee County Historical Museum in Adrian (517/265-6071); the Fort Meigs Museum and Visitors Center at Perrysburg (419/874-4121); and the Wolcott House Museum in Maumee (419/893-9602).

If anyone is interested in making a group visit, call Kathy at 419/237-2418 to make arrangements. Some of the museums provide guided tours. A small fee is usually charged for all visits unless you are a museum member.

Fayette’s history group will resume meeting in the spring.

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