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.

Martin Luther writings on display 2011.09.14

Written by David Green.

An important piece of history has been restored and is on display at Northwest State Community College’s McDougle Center.

Luther’s Werke is a collection of writings by Martin Luther, a German priest instrumental in the protestant reformation. They were printed from 1824 to 1860. The collection, which was restored with funds from the American Heritage Preservation Grant, is now on permanent display and is accessible to the public.

 Northwest State acquired the writings through the assistance of Edwin Oberhaus in 2008. Sixty-five of the sixty-seven total volumes are at NSCC, creating one of the most complete collections of Martin Luther’s writings in the United States.

 “Germans were one of several groups that migrated to the Midwest and settled in northwest Ohio. There’s a large population here with German ancestry and Lutheran heritage,” said Peter Wilhelm, coordinator of historic preservation at NSCC. “The College is excited to share these works with the community, and we feel the documents are valuable for immigration history and cultural perspective.”

 NSCC received the American Heritage Preservation Grant in 2010 and has recently completed the work included in the grant. The focus of the project was to repair and stabilize the collection and prepare the books for community access. This included de-acidification, cleaning and repairs to the books; installing special shelving for storage; and installing a monitoring device for temperature and humidity in the storage area.

 The newly restored works are on display in the McDougle Center, a research and special collections room located inside the NSCC Library. The McDougle Center is open to community members and students during regular library hours.

For more information on Luther’s Werke or to schedule an appointment at the McDougle Center, contact Peter Wilhelm at 419/267-1217 or [email protected]

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