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.

Fulton flu clinics announced 2011.09.14

Written by David Green.

Ample flu vaccine is expected this year, said Mike Oricko, health commissioner at the Fulton County Health Department.

“This year there should be plenty of vaccine available for everyone 6 months of age and older. There are no restrictions anymore as to who can receive vaccine.”

The Health Department begins its vaccination campaign Sept. 22 and is offering clinics by appointment, walk-in clinics, clinics for children and their parents, clinics in county communities and a drive-thru clinic in the Health Department parking lot.

The clinic in Fayette is scheduled Nov. 1 and clinic in Lyons is planned Oct. 26.

Each flu season the World Health Organization (WHO) monitors the circulating flu strains around the world and decides which strains will go into the next year’s vaccine. This year the flu vaccine contains H1N1, H3N2 and an influenza B virus and is the same vaccine as last year. 

Several years ago a new high-dose flu vaccine was introduced for people 65 years of age and older. Studies have found that older adults were not responding as well to the standard-dose influenza vaccine so this higher dose vaccine was developed. It has a slightly different formulation to boost immunity levels in older citizens. This age group typically has a higher rate of flu-related illness, hospitalization and death. 

“Because this vaccine has been well tolerated”, Oricko said, “we will be using it to vaccinate all adults over the age of 65, but persons will have the option of receiving the standard formulation if they choose“. 

The cost of the flu shot is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages six months through 18 years, but no one will be turned away because of inability to pay. Hi-dose flu vaccine will cost $35 per dose but for those with Medicare Plan B coverage, the cost will be billed to Medicare. Medicaid will be accepted. 

If you have an insurance plan that replaces your Medicare B, you should consider receiving your vaccination through your health care provider to assure coverage. Most private physicians also offer seasonal flu shots to their patients.

FluMist, an intranasal flu vaccine, will also be offered to healthy individuals between the ages of 2 and 49 years. This may be of interest to those who want to protect themselves from the flu but fear getting a shot. The cost of the FluMist is the same as the flu shot.

The Fulton County Health Department will be offering flu shots at the 606 S. Shoop Ave. location and at other locations with dates and times listed below. The complete schedule is also posted on the web at www.fultoncountyhealthdept.com. 

• APPOINTMENTS—For clinics by appointment, call 419/337-0915. Adults are preferred. Clinics are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 22, and from 7 to 11 a.m. Sept. 27.

• DRIVE-THRU CLINIC—A drive-through clinic is scheduled in the health department parking lot from 4:30 to 7 p.m.  Sept. 22. It is by appointment only. Any adult welcome, but preference given to adults who have difficulty walking or standing in line; adults over the age of 65; and children with mobility issues.

• CHILDREN—Children’s clinics, and their parents, also, are planned on three days: from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 13, Oct. 27 and Nov. 10.

• WALK-IN—Walk-In clinics for adults are scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 29; and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Nov. 8. at the Fulton County Senior Center; noon to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Delta Open Door; noon to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Swanton Public Library; noon to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Archbold Library; noon to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Lyons Fire Station; noon to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Fayette Opera House; and noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Evergreen Community Library.

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