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

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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.

Nut Wizards, rain barrels are available 10.27

Written by David Green.

A unique tool—the nut wizard—is available for purchase at the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District. The nut wizard will pick up walnuts, acorns or hickory nuts, and comes in three different sizes.

A long handle is attached to a wire egg-shaped basket where the nuts are collected  as the tool rolls over the nuts on the ground.

View the nut wizard at www.fultoncountyoh.com/swcd or stop in at the office located at 8770 St. Rt. 108, in Wauseon, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

The Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District (Fulton SWCD) has rain barrels and tumbling composters available for purchase.  

A rain barrel system collects and stores rainwater from the roof, which would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. The rain barrel supplies free “soft water” which contains no chlorine, lime or calcium and makes it ideal for gardens, flower pots, and car and window washing. 

Lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40 percent of total household water use during the summer. A rain barrel will save most homeowners nearly 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves consumers money. Diverting water from storm drains also decreases the impact of runoff to streams.

A rain barrel system is an easy way to have a consistent supply of clean, fresh water for outdoor use.  

The rain barrels are re-used 55 to 60 gallon food-grade barrels with a hose connector, linking hose connector, and overflow connection.  The top of the barrel contains a screen to catch leaves and insects.

For more information, to see a rain barrel on display, or learn about other services offered, stop in at the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District, located at 8770 St. Rt. 108, Suite B, in Wauseon, across from the fairgrounds, visit www.fultoncountyoh.com/swcd or call 419/337-9217. 

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