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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.

Fayette Music Fest coming up 08.18.2010

Written by David Green.

Music, food and fun is all on tap Saturday in Fayette at the third annual Music Fest scheduled from 4 p.m. to midnight.

The Lazy River Band is scheduled for a four-hour show beginning at 8 p.m. The group plays a variety of music—classic rock, country and contemporary—that will offer something for all ages.

Band members are from Adrian, Blissfield, Petersburg and Monroe, and the group has performed throughout the northwest Ohio/southeast Michigan area.

Following a cancelation by another singer, the Northern Lights band will fill the 5 to 7 p.m. slot to open the festival.

Lead singer Jimmy Holbrook of Bryan describes his band’s sound as art rock.

“It’s really a combination of blues, rock, soul and gospel influences that’s blended together to create what we call our own sound.”

The band plays some original material and also offers renditions of classics, but don’t expect them to sound like the originals. A fast-paced country tune might be slowed down to bluesy style, for example.

“We don’t want to sound like the people we’ve borrowed the music from,” Holbrook said. “We try to keep it as creative as possible.”

Joining Holbrook on the stage is Joolz Routen on electric guitar and Todd Beevers on drums. Holbrook plays acoustic guitar and harmonica.

The Music Fest is scheduled inside the fence at the running track off Eagle Street.

A hog roast is planned, along with a beer tent and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

The Music Fest is sponsored by the Fayette Parks and Recreation Board and proceeds benefit park activities.

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