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.

Stair Public Library to share in grant from Reinhardt Fund 2011.11.30

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s Stair Public Library is among 60 libraries in Michigan to benefit from a grant that will make the interlibrary loan process more efficient.

The grant request was written by the directors of the Bad Axe Area District Library in Bad Axe and the Rawson Memorial District Library in Cass City. The Robert C. Reinhardt Library Fund located in Midland awarded $25,000 for the project.

The money will be used to create custom programming to streamline the interlibrary loan process through MeLCAT, the statewide catalog that allows patrons to borrow materials from libraries throughout the state. The libraries involved in the grant all use the VERSO circulation system.

Currently, libraries using VERSO and MeLCat must access both systems in order to check materials in and out. Custom programming will eliminate this redundancy.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $30,000. The 60 libraries will each contribute $80 to pay the remaining cost. In addition to Morenci, the Blissfield and Tecumseh libraries are the other county libraries that will benefit.

Not only does the grant make the new programming cost-effective for libraries, it will also cut the interlibrary loan processing time  in half.

Robert C. Reinhardt worked in research and marketing at Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Mich., for 30 years. He valued education and reading and believed library resources should be available to everyone. Reinhardt died in 2008.

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