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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.
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Fayette Chamber of Commerce 06.02.10

Written by David Green.


Fayette is getting the planning services of a Bowling Green State University student at no cost to create a comprehensive plan for the village.

BGSU senior Seth Brehm has already begun reviewing information about the community, said Steve Brown, director of the Fulton County Regional Planning Commission. Brown spoke at the Fayette Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday.

“Fayette is the only community in the county that does not have a comprehensive plan,” Brown said. “What was done was done in 1977, an old land use plan.”

Brown noted the importance of a comprehensive plan when seeking grants.

Data will be collected to create a mapping plan that also lists goals and objectives. Much of the information will be obtained from existing GIS (geographic information system) maps.

“We want to have a community-wide meeting to see where people want to go as a village to get some objectives.”

Fayette residents will need to push the process to make it happen, he said.

Brehm will work on the plan over the summer and then come back in the fall to finish it off, if needed.

Comprehensive plans often cost more than $30,000, Brown said, but this is being done at practically no cost.

YOUTHWORKS—Cara Augustyniak, the youth employment and training advisor with the Northwest Ohio Job Center, spoke to Chamber members about the YouthWorks program.

The program provides summer job experiences to young people, plus help with résumés, interviewing, education and leadership development.

Business owners have the opportunity to interview a prospective YouthWorks employee before hiring. A contract is created for the position and weekly evaluations are taken.

The Fayette village office is participating in the program for the second year, said village administrator Amy Metz. Participants have helped with brush chipping, painting and other jobs the village crew doesn’t always have time to do.

“We’ve had excellent help,” she said.

PALM PLASTICS—Amy Clark of the Fayette Business Park announced that Palm Plastics will continue to move its Fayette operations to Bowling Green.

The grinding operation was already moved, she said, and the operation that repairs pallets will go during the next four to six months. Palm had 23 employees in Fayette.

TRW—Rich O’Loughlin of TRW said business is not as strong as in the past, but he’s confident the operation will continue to hold steady through the end of the year.

TRW has 140 employees working two full shifts and one partial shift. That employment level should suffice for at least the next year, he said.

VACANCIES—Metz said the residential vacancy rate stands at about 11 percent. Some houses have been sold and will be refurbished.

“That’s a good sign,” Metz said. “People are willing to invest in the community.”

COUNTY REVENUE—The increase in sales tax approved by commissioners last year is expected to bring in between $120,000 and $130,000 of new revenue, said commissioner Dean Genter. Sales tax numbers are up so far this year.

Commissioners hope the increase will cover the expected decrease in state revenue.

The CAT tax (Commercial Activity Tax) is not bringing funds to the county as expected, Genter said, but federal stimulus funds have saved the county budget. Without additional stimulus funds, he said, the next budget from Columbus will present hardships.

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