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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.

Bone marrow drive scheduled 07.14.2010

Written by David Green.

There are thousands of people, such as Fayette’s Kellen Keiser, who are in need of a bone marrow transplant.

But first comes the donor.

The Fayette United Methodist Church has scheduled a bone marrow drive from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Opera House in hopes of lining up new donors.

DNA will be collected from a cheek swab to add to the “Be the Match Registry,” the new name for the National Marrow Donor Program Registry.

Potential donors will join a list of those willing to donate when a match is found for anyone in need, not particularly for Kellen.

The cost for someone to be processed and join the registry is about $100 and the August event is serving two purposes. Not only is there an effort to find new donors, but also to find financial donors.

“We are looking for people to become part of the registry and also people that can be financial donors to help cover the cost so that more might be able to be tested,” said church member Kris Keiser. “The Registry has asked that we raise $7,500, which is half of the cost to test 150 people.”

To make a financial dontation, make a check out to “Be The Match Foundation” and on the memo line write “Kellen.”

Check can be mailed to: “Be The Match Foundation” c/o Barbara Nolan, 2 Summit Park Drive, Suite 210, Cleveland, OH 44131, or brought to the Fayette Opera House Aug. 8.

Donations can also be made on-line at: www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/Kellen2010. Click on Support Kellen! for instructions.

Bone marrow donors must be between the ages of 18 and 60 and in good general health.

A $50 donation is suggested for joining the registry. Even if you cannot donate, your donation will cover the cost of someone else who can, Keiser said.

“The more people in the registry,” she said, “the better the chance for a match for Kellen or for a family member of yours in the future or someone that we do not know and is in just as much need of this life-saving gift.”

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