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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.

"You're Full of Baloney" scheduled at Fayette Opera House 03.02.2011

Written by David Green.

Fayette Baloney will be celebrated Tuesday at the final program of the winter season at the Bean Creek Coffee House Series. The event is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Fayette Opera House.

The series offers a stage to any area performers who wish to share their talents with friends and neighbors in the informal atmosphere of the Bean Creek Coffee House. Following the coffee house tradition, guests are invited to share fresh-brewed coffee and sample a variety of refreshments while listening to music, poetry and prose.

For this program, refreshments will include baloney. To celebrate the local culinary legend, the evening program is titled “You’re Full of Baloney Night.”

During the middle of the last century, explained Tom Spiess of the Fayette Arts Council, Tule & Heckman Meats created what came to be known as Fayette Baloney. The mix of exotic ingredients created a unique flavor and the bologna was much sought after.

When Tule & Heckman closed, the Fiddler Brothers Meat Market carried on the tradition into the 1950s. Unfortunately, when Fiddlers closed, the recipe—or receipt, as it used to be called—disappeared.

“While several have tried to recreate the taste,” Spiess said, “none have succeeded in capturing that unique flavor.”

Local chefs are invited to showcase their own baloney-making skills in the first Bean Creek Baloney Challenge.

Guests are invited to bring their best hand-crafted bologna to the coffee house for judges to sample. Cheese and crackers will be provided to the judges and guests who choose to cast their vote in the “People’s Choice” category.

Anyone interested in performing at the coffee house or in entering baloney should call 419/237-3111 and leave a message. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for refreshments.

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