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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.

Summer reading programs planned 06.02.10

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE

“Make a Splash—Read” at Normal Memorial Library’s summer reading program, June 22 though July 8. Sessions are scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to attend on both Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The program will kick off with a scavenger hunt from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, June 21. Students should meet at the library at 2 p.m., then the group will head to the park for the hunt.

Games, crafts, snacks and prizes are planned throughout the summer reading program. Special events include a visit from WTOL Channel 11 meteorologist Chris Vickers and a tour of the Fayette water plant with village employee Tom Rupp.

Prizes will be awarded for the Reading Minutes children accumulate throughout the program.

For more information, call the library at 237-2115 or stop by the children’s circulation desk.

 

MORENCI

“Make a Splash! Read!”

That’s what area kids will be encouraged to do this summer at Stair Public Library.

Water in all its forms and uses and anything that relates to water is the focus of this year’s Summer Reading Program which begins June 16 and continues every Wednesday through July.

The program includes stories, crafts, games, and snacks for pre-school age children and students entering grades one through six this fall. Grade groups meet at designated times during June, and all groups meet at 1 p.m. during a “July Jubilee” of special performances.

Preschoolers will meet at 10:30 a.m. Students going into kindergarten and first grade meet at noon; second and third grader meet at 1:30; fourth, fifth and sixth graders meet at 3 p.m. All sessions will last approximately one hour, except the preschool session which will last about 45 minutes.

July Jubilee

On July 7, musician and singer Rick Kelley brings his “Don’t Just Sit There! Read!” Beach Party for an interactive musical performance. On July 14, magician Jeff Wawrzaszek visits with his Splashtacular Magic Show.

My Adventure Theater “Pirate Island” is scheduled July 21 when audience members will help present a short play about a legendary treasure; costumes will be supplied.

The talented Saline High School Fiddlers ReStrung group makes a return visit July 28 with toe-tapping bluegrass, Celtic fiddle and popular folk music.

Everyone in the community is welcome to attend all of these special performances.

The Impression Five Museum will also visit the library during June for an “Edible Aquifer” program.

Families can be accommodated if the assigned session times are inconvenient.

Registration by June 12 is encouraged to help library staff plan for activities, supplies, and refreshments. Parents can register their children by calling the library at 458-6510 or stopping in; see hours below.

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