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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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.

Ground broken for Fayette wind turbine 09.09.2010

Written by David Green.

p.ground_break.jpgConsider it one big Christmas present, because by the time Dec. 25 rolls around, the Fayette school district should be generating lots of electricity from the wind turbine that will stand behind the school.

A ceremonial ground-breaking involved students and a variety of construction officials Wednesday morning to mark the beginning of the project.

This is the first turbine project for the Buehrer Group architectural firm, the company that also handled the design of the new school. Henning USU serves as the project contractor and the equipment was purchased from Engineered Process Systems of Huron, Ohio.

The 40-meter tower will support a 250kW turbine, standing on a concrete base measuring 30 feet square and six feet deep.

A pair of 15-meter blades will give the unit a 30-meter diameter. Fayette’s turbine will be the largest school-owned wind turbine in Ohio.

Once the base is poured and given two weeks to cure, the turbine is expected to be erected within two or three days.

Mike  Specek of Engineered Process Systems estimates the turbine will supply about 60 percent of the school’s electrical needs. During the days when excess power is generated, electricity will feed into the grid and the school will receive credit for electricity created.

The turbine blades will begin spinning in a minimum wind of eight miles an hour. The system will be designed to operate with a maximum wind speed of 40 miles an hour.

Costs

Superintendent of Schools Russ Griggs began investigating the purchase of a turbine after learning that about $600,000 was left over from the school construction project, funded in large part through the Ohio School Facilities Commission. The money could not be used for school operation, programming or athletic facilities and would have to be returned to the state if not used. An additional $265,000 in interest was added to the pot.

The district received a $200,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Development to complete funding for approximate $1.1 million cost.

The project includes a maintenance fund for servicing the unit.

The district is expected to save about $50,000 annually in electrical costs.

Foundation work is expected to be completed this month, along with preliminary electrical work.

The turbine is scheduled for delivery Nov. 1 and erection completed by the end of the month. The turbine should be in commission and generating electricity before the new year arrives.

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