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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.

Summer rec programs begin 2011.06.15

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE–Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? That’s not the case for Fayette youngsters this summer.

Free food, games, crafts and more are on tap every weekday for children through grade 12.

The meal is served at 11:15 each morning, followed by a variety of activities. The Summer Food Service Program meets through Aug. 12 at the park shelter house across from the library to offer “food that’s in when school is out.”

The program is sponsored by the Fayette Parks and Recreation department and directed by Katie Borer who is engaged in a summer internship with the village through Defiance College.

Activities for the summer program include basketball, softball and volleyball basics, bicycle safety and tricks, crafts, a scavenger hunt, piñata making and a visit to the fire hall.

The Northwest Ohio Community Action Coalition is providing food for the program.

Starting next week, the Ohio State Extension Service will also get involved in the program. For six Thursdays starting June 23, activities will be offered that will lead to a prize for those who attend all six sessions. 

MORENCI–Swimming, bowling and park activities are on tap for area children enrolled in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program.

Activities get underway Tuesday, June 21, and continue every Tuesday and Thursday through Aug. 2. The program is based at Wakefield Park and runs from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., rain or shine.

A one-time registration fee of $20 a child covers all scheduled activities. Any child age five and older is invited to sign up.

A registration form was published in last week’s Observer and additional forms are available at city hall. A form must be filled out for each child participating.

Registration and payment is requested by June 16 to help with planning.

Sherri Dillon will again serve as program leader. She will be assisted by teen helpers.

For more information about the Summer Recreation Program, call city hall at 517/458-6828.

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