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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.

George Isobar looks back on March weather 04.06.2011

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Some years we escape snow in April; some years we don’t.

This year was one of the “we don’t” years if you were watching carefully Tuesday.

“We had a few flakes coming down around noon today,” said Morenci weather observer George Isobar, “although it was barely enough to say that it was snowing.”

Many years there’s actually stuff on the ground, he said, and the average over the last 30-odd years is about an inch of snow during April.

“That’s not exactly an accurate representation,” Isobar said. “There were a couple heavy years that skewed the average.”

That would be 1982, for example, when 10.3 inches was measured and 1994 when 7.1 inches fell.

“Many years it’s nothing but a trace, like today’s snow, and, rarely, it’s nothing at all for the entire month,” he said. “It’s supposed to be warming up at least through the start of next week, so maybe we’re finished. We’ve got our trace and we’re done with it now. Maybe.”

Snowfall wasn’t anything too big in March, Isobar said, with a total of 2.1 inches measured. The average for March is about 5.6 inches.

“There are many years when we’ve had a pretty heavy snowfall in March,” he said. “This year nearly all of the snow fell early in the month. In fact, there hasn’t been anything measurable since March 11.

“What we had melted pretty fast. There were only two days in the entire month with a measurable amount on the ground.”

Total precipitation came in at 2.96 inches, right about at the average.

Temperatures ranged from the high of 69° on March 17 to a low of 12 on March 26.

“Morning lows were in the teens on 10 days in March,” Isobar said, “and that led to a colder than usual month.”

According to the Toledo National Weather Service office, the departure from normal was 1.1°. The final nine days of the month were below average, including the 26th when the temperature was 16° below average.

The first thunderstorm of the season was recorded March 20, Isobar said, and the first one of April arrived Monday morning.

“We should have our first 80° day of the season this month, too,” Isobar said, “and probably our first day of the season in which someone is going to complain about how hot it is.”

That’s something most people are going to welcome.

“The snow may be gone, but it sure seems as though winter is lingering,” Isobar said. “When I walked outside Monday morning and it was 60° it felt so balmy and spring-like, but that didn’t last long. I wouldn’t mind getting that feeling again soon.”

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