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.

Antique fire truck plans muster in Morenci 02.03.10

Written by David Green.

It sounds like another problem with the state boundary, but that’s not really the case. The reason this year’s Northwest Ohio Antique Firemen’s Association Muster might be scheduled in Michigan is because the Morenci Fire Department is a member of the group.

Through mutual aide and combined training exercises, the Morenci Fire Department has a close association with those across the border.

Morenci department member Steve Meller—a resident of Fayette—spoke to city council members Jan. 25 about the possibility of the muster crossing the line into Michigan for the first time.

Meller said the group is considering Wakefield Park for this year’s event July 24 and 25. Equipment and some campers would begin to arrive on the evening of July 23. There were 18 campers at last year’s event, he said.

Meller wanted to check with city council about the availability of dates and also because he learned there could be a concern about alcohol in the park. Alcohol would not be served, he said, but some participants might bring some to the event.

“I’ve been to numerous musters and there’s little alcohol involved,” he said.

Two years ago the event was at Harrison Lake State Park and the stipulation there was that any bottles of alcoholic beverage had to be covered.

Meller described the muster as a family function with anywhere from 100 to 200 participants. There are six competitions for fire-fighters and auxiliary members and several pieces of antique fire-fighting equipment on display.

Mayor Keith Pennington asked Meller to meet with the parks committee to discuss the specifics of what’s needed at the park and to check about conflicting events scheduled that weekend, since the event would use the circular drive at the entrance to the park.

Council member Jason Cook said it was a great idea to bring the event to the city. He would check at the Little League meeting for possible conflicts.

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