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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.

Lynn Henning earns international environmental award 4.21.10

Written by David Green.

The name “Lynn Henning” is not spoken  kindly among many farmers of southeast Michigan. On the other hand, those concerned about the growth of large farming operations hail Henning as a hero.

She’s been verbally threatened, she’s been sued and she’s had her car boxed in by manure tankers in rural roads. Dead animals have been left on her porch and in her mailbox, and she said the combine on her farm near Clayton was once damaged.

Not everyone appreciates the work she’s done in tracking down manure discharges from farming operations, but her work garnered the praise of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.

Henning was one of six citizens from around the world to receive the 2010 Goldman Environmental Prize. Other winners this year are from Costa Rica, Cuba, Cambodia, Poland and Swaziland.

The annual award—with its $150,000 prize—is presented to “grassroots environmental heroes” whose efforts to protect natural resources are considered “increasingly critical to the well-being of the planet.”

For more than 10 years Henning has helped document manure discharges that aided state regulators to identify and fine operations for violations of state environmental laws.

She has collected hundreds of water samples and studied satellite photographs and drainage maps to trace pollution. She figures she’s put a million miles on three vehicles as she travels rural roads to document manure applications.

Steven Chester, former director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, told a Detroit Free Press reporter that most farming operations are in compliance with state law, but a few give large farms a bad name.

He praised Henning’s work to keep the issue in the DEQ’s vision and noted her assistance was valuable when the DEQ faced staff reductions.

Henning was honored Monday at a ceremony in San Francisco. A second ceremony is planned in Washington, D.C.

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