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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.

Bean Creek Coffeehouse 03.03.10

Written by David Green.

The Fayette Arts Council will conclude its 2010 Bean Creek Coffee House winter schedule next week at the Opera House.

Music and storytelling are featured at the program from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Rorick Gallery.

 Arts Council director Tom Spiess noted the strong turnout for both of this season’s programs, coupled with the success of the initial pilot project. This, he says, shows the Coffee House concept has been embraced by performers.

“It may surprise some, but we have plenty of people willing to fill the two hour open stage schedule,” Spiess said.

According to Coffee House coordinator, Rebecca Lovelass, the March event will feature Colleen Grisier-Rufenacht on the hammered dulcimer, Gerry Gonzales on the bagpipe, the storytelling of Eddie Jarzembski and many more.

This “coffee house” experience has brought performers back to the Opera House to form the core of its audience base, Spiess said.

“The event has become a haven for people who simply enjoy performing in front of a live audience.”

There is no cover charge for admittance and the Bean Creek Coffee House Café Crew will serve up soups and beverages to add to the informal atmosphere of the event. All refreshments are provided for donations only.

The Bean Creek Coffee House is looking for performers for next year’s series.  For more information, call 419/237-3091 or leave a message at the Opera House Box Office 419/237-3111.

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