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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.

"Christmas in Fayette" events planned 2011.11.30

Written by David Green.

Santa Claus is coming to Fayette Friday evening, but there’s much more lined up during the community’s annual “Christmas in Fayette” event.

Santa will arrive at the Opera House via a fire truck at 5:30 p.m. and will listen to children’s wishes until 7 p.m. in the Rorick Gallery on the first floor of the Opera House.

Earlier in the day, shoppers will have the opportunity to shop locally at Fayette businesses. Several stores will offer a customer appreciation treat for anyone who stops by to shop and say hello between 2 and 5 p.m.

The “Shop Local Movement” is part of a growing grass roots initiative to strengthen our national economy by simply supporting local business establishments, said Fayette Chamber of Commerce member Tom Spiess. In addition to saving driving expenses and time, shopping locally rekindles relationships and civic pride.

LIGHTS—”Light-up of Fayette” is scheduled on the Opera House Square from 5:15 to 5:30 p.m. New Christmas decorations will on display downtown.

“This is a special year for the Fayette community thanks to the generosity of the Bull Thistle Committee and the efforts of local residents Tom Franks and David Borer,” Spiess said.

A year ago Franks approached the Chamber of Commerce with a plan to replace the decorations that were made in the late 1990s by students in the high school’s industrial arts classes. The Chamber provided seed money to get the project started and the Bull Thistle Committee came on board with a generous gift to make the project become a financial reality.

“Hard work and skill turned a vision into a reality,” Spiess said.

The Gorham-Fayette Fire Department pitched in to hang the new decorations and this Friday, Fayette will once again light up for the season.

MOVIES—A pair of free family movies will be shown in the Opera House following Santa’s visit. The animated family classics are provided courtesy of the Fayette Opera House and Arts Council.

RAFFLES—With the support of participating merchants, the Chamber will revive the Christmas Raffle that became a tradition in past years. A free ticket will be given to each person who chooses to attend the family film event. Three drawings will take place during the movies to allow all of those in attendance to win a Christmas gift.

CRAFT SHOW—Quality arts and crafts will be on sale at the high school from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday when the Friends 4 the Fields will sponsor their annual Holiday Craft Fair.

MUSIC—The second annual Bean Creek Christmas is scheduled Sunday beginning at 3 p.m. in the Opera House.

The Fayette Arts Council along with several performers from the Bean Creek Coffee House Series will present seasonal music and readings by nearly a dozen local performers.

“This donation-only event is designed to celebrate the season in song and verse,”  Spiess said.

The programming committee, under the leadership of Rebecca Lovelass, has identified talented performers through its winter Bean Creek Coffee House Series to perform on the stage of the Ginnivan Theater for the Christmas Season. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

For ticket reservations, call 419/237-3111 and leave a request. Tickets may be picked up at the door.

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