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.

Fayette Area Chamber update 2011.10.19

Written by David Green.

Under the leadership of president Trevor Hibbard, the Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce has plotted a new course of action that focuses on strengthening Fayette’s public image, cementing ties with current members and developing strategies that shore up the local economy by encouraging expanded community cooperation. 

Hibbard, a plant supervisor and owner of Hibbard’s Excavating in Fayette, knows that in fragile economic times, cooperation and collaboration count when it comes to ensuring the economic vitality of a community. That is especially true in Ohio’s rural villages that are non-governmental centers.

“I just want to see that those who have made real investments in this community continue to grow and prosper,” Hibbard said.

He points to recent meetings at local business locations as an effort to focus the Chamber’s attention on innovative local investment. Those meetings have taken place at Cork’s Winery, R & H Restaurant, Kaiser’s Market, and Fayette Floral & Gifts. This month’s meeting is scheduled Thursday at 4-H Camp Palmer.

Mayor Ruth Marlatt, long-time Chamber member who serves as vice president of the organization, noted that Fayette’s Main Street is populated by locally-owned businesses that employ well over a hundred full and part-time employees.

She pointed out that while not all of those businesses hold membership in the organization, the Chamber represents all who care about the village and its surrounding agricultural areas.

Marlatt is described as an outspoken advocate for the village and believes that Fayette is well served by the businesses and individuals who have invested their “time, talent and treasures” to make the community a better place to live.

“Fayette has a history of working together,” Marlatt said, “from early efforts to locate industries to the community, to its support of the pool, opera house, and its many festivals, community benefits and activities, Fayette has always stretched limited resources to meet needs.”

Chamber’s evolution

The Fayette Chamber’s roots reach back to the early 1960s when a group of civic leaders formed the Fayette Betterment Committee.

Following its successful role in welcoming Fayette Tubular Products to Fayette, the Betterment group then focused on the coordination of the community’s event calendar. For nearly two decades it became the collective voice of the community.

In the mid-1970s, the Fayette Merchant’s Association was organized to stimulate commercial activity on Main Street. This body of merchants banded together to create many promotional events; most notable was the Friday Night Raffle.

The Chamber formed in the early 1990s to create an umbrella that included not only service organizations, interested individuals, merchants and agricultural interests, but also industrial representatives. This attempt to involve the corporations that called Fayette “home” was in recognition of the vital role they played in creating the economic foundation of the village.

Fall/Winter calendar

With the Bull Thistle Arts Festival, Music Fest and Fall Fest under its belt, the Chamber will turn its attention to the activities of the final quarter.

CITIZEN—On Oct. 27, the Chamber will celebrate the 2011 Citizen of the Year with the recognition of Superintendent of Fayette Schools, Russ Griggs.

HALLOWEEN—On the following Monday, Oct. 31, the Chamber and its member organizations will support Fayette’s annual Halloween festivities. This local tradition reaches back over a hundred years and is in keeping with the Chamber’s “Betterment Tradition” of serving as catalyst for community involvement.

The Fayette Area Chamber, along with the Fayette Lion’s Club and the Gorham Fayette Fire Department, will collaborate to ensure another memorable “Trick or Treat” evening.

CHRISTMAS—Planning continues for  “Christmas in Fayette, 2011.” This year’s efforts will include live entertainment, a “Village Lighting” event and the “Family Christmas Film and Raffle.” As details are complete, those activities will appear in local news outlets.

Until that time the Fayette Chamber urges all to shop Fayette, support Fayette and as always, buy local whenever possible.

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