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.

Morenci Board of Education 02.02.10

Written by David Green.

Morenci Area High School’s Volunteer Club aims to send at least $1,200 to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Haiti.

The club bought 500 bracelets imprinted with “Hope for Haiti.” The bracelets sell for $2 each, although some students have given more than that.

The club isn’t recouping its costs from purchasing the bracelets, so all proceeds will go the Red Cross, said advisor Deb Hojnacki.

The bracelets are on sale at home sporting events and can also be purchased by calling the school.

The club has also organized a change drive. Canisters are in place in each classroom for a daily collection during the first class of the day. The classroom with the highest per-person collection will receive a prize.

Change is also being collected at the elementary school and the middle school completed a one-week collection of Box Tops for Education, raising $140.

A box top collection from Kimberly-Clark products is an on-going project at the school, principal Kay Johnson said, but a special effort brought in 1,400.

In addition to hearing about fund-raising efforts, the Morenci Board of Education voted Monday night to hire Kyle McClain as the middle school wrestling coach. He will be assisted by volunteers Levi Hoffman and Chad Nino.

PRINCIPALS—Superintendent Kyle Griffith said he has his usual words of praise for his principals—how they’re always going above and beyond the call of duty for students—but he also spoke about their character.

“They’re just great people and the community is extremely fortunate to have them,” he said.

Principals Week is scheduled Feb. 14-20.

PRAISE—A letter was read from the manager of Culver’s restaurant in Adrian about the good behavior of Morenci students. The Equations teams have eaten at the restaurant once a month recently and the Culver staff is always impressed that it’s polite group that cleans up after the meal.

“That’s a tribute to the community, staff and students,” said high school principal Nate Parker.

LISD TECH—Hospitality and Culinary Arts instructor Corbett Day spoke to board members about the LISD program, explaining how adjustments have been made to the curriculum to help meet state graduation requirements.

Half a credit each of mathematics and science can be earned from his class, with the help of a science consultant who also works with students.

His program includes top-of-line equipment, he said, along with providing experience with local businesses and related industries. Students employ  mathematical skills in determining costs.

Day said his classes include a variety of work habit skills, such as employability skills, attendance, attitude and involvement.

Morenci junior Megan Crowell spoke about her experiences in the class and she thanked three of her Morenci teachers for preparing her: Mrs. Griffiths (now retired) for helping her discover her interest in culinary arts; Mr. Brown for teaching the mental math needed in cooking; and Mrs. Nieman for teaching how a consume a lot of information at once.

She intends to study at a culinary school following high school and would like to own a restaurant.

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