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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.

Lenawee United Way announces county-wide grants 1.27.10

Written by David Green.

Lenawee United Way board members met Jan. 19 and established funding priorities for 15 programs. The funding cycle will begin in April and continue through July 2012.

Priority issues identified in the agency’s community investment process includes basic needs, financial stability and health.

Last month, 26 volunteers representing a cross-section of the community reviewed 25 proposals from 22 county agencies.

The following proposals were approved for funding:

• Adrian Medical Clinic (Family Medical Center) $35,000;

• Childcare (Adrian Community Preschool) $20,000;

• Children’s Advocacy Program (Family Counseling & Children’s Services), $50,000;

• Citizenship and Community Life (HOPE Community Center), $35,000;

• Club-based Mentoring (Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee), $17,000;

• Complete Approach to Self-sufficiency (Community Action Agency), $45,000;

• Counseling Voucher Program (Catholic Charities/Family Counseling & Children’s Services), $45,000;

• Daily Distributions (Associated Charities), $45,000;

• Family Support Program (Child Care Network), $20,000;

• Homeless to Home Ownership (Habitat for Humanity), $20,000;

• Housing First (Lenawee Emergency & Affordable Housing Corporation), $50,000;

• Lenawee Dental Clinic (Family Medical Center), $45,000;

• Legal Advice and Representation (Legal Services of South Central Michigan), $25,000;

• Workers on Wheels (Goodwill Industries), $30,000;

• Youth Start (Goodwill Industries), $18,000.

In 2002 United Way of America encouraged local United Ways to approach funding through “community investment.” It called upon United Way agencies to focus on specific community-minded issues and to work with nonprofit groups to reach measurable goals.

In 2007, the Lenawee United Way board of directors voted and approved a community investment model for Lenawee County. This model invests in agencies and programs that show marked improvement and measurable results over time, with specific goals linked to priority areas.

Community investment is described as engagement and participation, with  a focus on critical human service needs in the community among the economically disadvantaged. Using this model allows donor dollars to have a greater impact on the recipients and gives donors the opportunity to do more with their contributions.

The Lenawee United Way fund-raising campaign continues through the next few months with final totals to be announced in June at the annual meeting.

The mission of Lenawee United Way is to mobilize community resources to create a measurably better life for the people of Lenawee County.

For more information, contact Lenawee United Way at 517/263-4696 or visit www.lenaweeunitedway.org.

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