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.

Habitat Lenawee earns award 2011.07.27

Written by David Green.

Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County earned statewide recognition for its building and operational standards which have exceeded the Habitat for Humanity International standards by meeting the more stringent standards established by Michigan Habitat for Humanity.

Each year, Habitat for Humanity affiliates operating in Michigan are required to complete an annual “Readiness File” if they wish to qualify for the resources and grants available through the state organization, Habitat for Humanity of Michigan. Habitat of Michigan affiliates must not only meet the requirements of Habitat International to continue their affiliation, but also the more in-depth requirements specified by the state organization that confirm the affiliate is actively planning for the future, adopting sound non-profit procedures, and safeguarding the community’s resources and Habitat’s solid reputation.

Michigan affiliates use a unique model for building or renovating houses and then selling the houses to qualified low-income families at an affordable no-interest schedule the family can meet. These payments are utilized by the local Habitat affiliate to build more houses for low income families. The community benefits by stabilized neighborhoods and through the increased property tax revenues paid by the new homeowners.

Sandy Pearson, CEO of Michigan Habitat for Humanity, said Michigan’s additional requirements of the affiliate include the establishment of a strategic plan, an annual fund development plan, and a board of director’s declaration that commits to meeting the new laws required of organizations that issue mortgages.

In addition, for the more than 40 affiliates operating a Habitat ReStore as a fund raising activity, each store must meet the state level standards of operational excellence, including licensing, finances, and solid retail management practices.  

Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County’s mission statement is, “Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating houses, so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which every person can experience God’s love and can live and grow into all God intends.”

MORENCI—Habitat home owner Nancy Alamia became the first in the county last year to pay off a mortgage. She is now buying an adjacent parcel of land from the city to build a garage.

“We are just bursting with pride in all that Nancy Alamia is accomplishing,” said  Bob Dister, county Habitat director.

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