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.

Breakfast on the Farm event planned 2011.06.02

Written by David Green.

Put the “country” in Morenci’s Town and Country Festival with a special farm event scheduled on the opening day of the festival.

The Raymond and Stutzman Farm at 8055 Seneca Hwy., Seneca, is the host site for a Breakfast on the Farm event June 25, rain-or-shine. The program is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with breakfast served from 9 a.m. to noon.

Visitors can enjoy a home-cooked meal which includes a variety of Michigan and Ohio grown and produced menu items before taking a self-guided farm tour featuring numerous educational exhibits hosted by local farmers.

A variety of activities is offered, such as petting a calf, climbing into the seat of a tractor or combine and discovering how GPS technology is used to plant crops. The local farmer volunteers will answer questions and share information about farming.

The family-owned and -operated livestock farm—a beef calf to finish operation—has been in business since 1930. Dedicated to conserving the environment and implementing sustainable management practices, the Raymond and Stutzman Farm was awarded the Lenawee County Conservation Farmer of the Year award in 2004. This award is presented to a farmer who has consistently implemented conservation practices.

For the past 15 years, the farm has been the host site for the Center for Excellence in Lenawee County, one of the region’s largest field days, which showcases some of the latest cutting-edge technology available to the agriculture industry.

The farm is also Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) certified. MAEAP helps farmers evaluate their entire operation by completing a comprehensive assessment. The voluntary program must be repeated every three years for the farm to remain certified.

Breakfast on the Farm is free, but tickets are required to eat breakfast. Tickets are available at the following locations:

Stair Public Library, First Federal Bank branches in Morenci and Hudson, the Hudson Public Library, the Clayton Library, Fayette’s Normal Memorial Library, Wauseon branches of Farmers and Merchants State Bank on Shoop Avenue and the downtown office,;

the Ohio State University Extension Fulton County Office in Wauseon, the Wauseon Public Library, Hillsdale County Farm Bureau, MSU Extension Hillsdale County Office, Evergreen Community Library in Metamora, and Farmers and Merchants State Bank in West Unity.

For more information about the Lenawee County Breakfast on the Farm, visit www.breakfastonthefarm.com, call Lenawee County MSU Extension Office at 517/264-5300, or contact Nancy Thelen, MSU Extension agriculture literacy educator, at 734/222-3825 or [email protected]

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