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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.

Invisible Youth Network 02.24.2010

Written by David Green.

A new Fulton County organization that involves youths helping other youths got off the ground earlier this month. The next meeting of the group is scheduled at 6 p.m. Monday at the Tedrow Methodist Church, 1799 County Road J.

The Invisible Youth Network (IYN) began three years ago in San Diego, Calif., and chapters have spread across the country. The organization was formed to assist homeless youths, but local chapters are looking at a wide range of needs in their own communities.

Youngsters between the ages of seven and 19 are invited to join IYN to make a difference through volunteering, said Fulton County Chapter leader Renée Bernheisel.

“Specific areas of focus will depend on the youths in our group and where they choose to focus their talents, time and funds,” she said. “Our goal is to make this as meaningful and enjoyable as possible for all involved.”

IYN aims to support the leaders of tomorrow by listening to their ideas today. Young people should be given a voice in issues that affect them, Bernheisel said. She said the approach of adults making the decisions for youths—without any voice from youths—has failed. Their ideas and solutions should be taken seriously.

IYN gives youngsters an avenue to serve as volunteers in a variety of ways to help improve the lives of others not so fortunate. The Fulton County Chapter will offer its services to other existing groups, as well as launching efforts of it own.

At a meeting earlier this month, members decided to assist with projects at Archbold’s NOAH house; provide assistance at the Tiffany Bates benefit March 6; work at the Centennial Therapeutic Riding Center near Wauseon;  raise funds to “adopt a bedroom” at The Open Door in Delta; and help publicize the new county Humane Society.

Additional volunteer activities will be discussed at the March 1 meeting.

To help organize the new IYN chapter, participating youths are asked to give a $5 donation—no more than $15 for any one family—to buy office supplies and reward items.

• For more information, call Renée at 419/388-9842 or Robin at 419/388-3814. The group’s website address is www.wauseonrocks.com.

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