The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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.

Farmers' Market opens with tractor day 07.14.2010

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s farmer’s market will take on a little more of the farm Friday with the addition of antique working tractors.

To celebrate the return of the Farmer’s Market on the Opera House Square, areas residents who have restored vintage tractors and tools will pull up their lawn chairs and show off the equipment they have grown up with, and in many cases, continue to operate.

“We want to add to the Friday event by sharing our enjoyment of this hobby with others who are intrigued with the tools of the farming community,” said Fayette Arts Council director Tom Spiess.

The show was inspired by Don Sly when he suggested that others might enjoy seeing his restored 1943 John Deere B and a working model of a 1945 Oliver Cletrack.

Spiess decided he would bring his 1953 Ford 8-N’s and Allis-Chalmers WD 45s to broaden the display for tractor aficionados. The list of interested exhibitors has expanded.

The show is open to all who wish to show off their tractors on and around the Square from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. There are no entry fees and a concessions stand will be available.


For the several years, the Fayette Arts Council has sponsored many events on the Opera House Square—the former site of the old Hotel Central, Treat’s Hotel and the Sohio Filling Station.

The council purchased the land—“at risk” and vacant following the demolition of the service station—with the goal of  transforming it into a green space, a place where people could gather for community events and activities.

One strategy was the development of a farmer’s market, Spiess said, and Friday was chosen to capitalize on the large number of people who travel on weekends from the east and south to lake properties in Indiana and Michigan.

Spiess noted that Fayette is the only village in Fulton County whose Main Street (U.S. 20) is a coast-to-coast Highway. Fayette has the only business district on that route between Toledo and Angola, Ind.

Several summers ago, local farmer Rick Brehm and his family set up a produce stand on the square. Featuring everything from sweet corn and green beans to squash and melons, the family enterprise has become a Friday fixture on the square during the summer season.

“The Brehm’s have developed quite a following” Spiess said. “They offer a wide variety of fresh, locally grown produce for both local consumers and the thousands of vehicle that pass daily through Fayette on their way east and west.”

Following Brehms’ success, the Arts Council invites others to join in.

“If you raise it, grow it, bake it or build it and hope to sell it in an open air market, the Opera House Square offers a location that is hard to beat,” Spiess said.

The market was expected to open earlier in the summer, but weather and scheduling difficulties pushed back the opening to July. Spiess said that there had been some hope that producers of bedding plants and shrubs, and early crops such as rhubarb, strawberries and asparagus might take advantage of the opportunity to set a stand.

“That simply didn’t happen” said Spiess. “The marketing for the early event was not in place and without that, few could be expected to participate.”

With produce now being harvested, the array of vegetables for sale will rapidly grow.

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