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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.

Fund-raiser planned for Abby Pierce 2012.03.21

Written by David Green.

In her career as a nurse, Traci Bovee of Morenci has followed many children’s battles with disease through the Caring Bridge website.

Caring Bridge allows the parents of an ill child to post updates for friends and family members to read—and even for strangers to follow. At the same time, it gives parents a means of emotional support through writings on the guest book page.

Traci is no stranger to one of the newer Caring Bridge subjects. She suggested that Susan Pierce start a page for her daughter, Abby, who was recently diagnosed with precursor B acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

After the first week, Abby’s page had more than 400 visitors.

“It’s really great support for Susan,” Traci said.

Susan explains on the website that five-year-old Abby was taken to Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor and the next morning she underwent surgery to place a port for medications. Chemotherapy began the next day.

“I had not even wrapped my brain around the fact that she had cancer, and all of these things were happening,” Susan wrote. “Everything happened so fast!”

Abby was in the hospital for six days and had trouble being away from her twin sister, Chelsea. Since then she’s made some return visits to Mott due to complications.

Abby’s cancer is the most common type  to affect children. When detected and treated, ALL generally leads to a positive prognosis and cure if the patient is able to remain on the treatment regimen. Without complications, treatment usually spans two years.

Two years of treatments can be financially devastating to a family. Traci has read story after story about the challenges families face. That’s what made her think about Susan and Bill Pierce. They’ll face a lot of trips to Mott and to the emergency room over the next few months. There will be gas, food and lodging costs.

She decided to organize a fund-raiser for the family and the event is set at the Morenci American Legion Home on May 26. A hog roast is planned, along with a 50/50 drawing and live and silent auctions. Auction donations can be made by calling Traci at 517/306-7028.

She’s also planning a “Cookies for Abby” fund raiser. This would be used to buy items to help keep Abby occupied while she’s in the hospital. Pie will be sold by the slice and a variety of activities for kids is planned.

Raffle tickets are available for free lodging at the Wyndham Towers in Myrtle Beach. A friend of Abby’s grandmother, Marsha Pierce, offered five days of her timeshare for the drawing winner.

T-shirts are available now for $10 to show support for Abby.

Gas cards and cards for restaurant meals are also being collected.

“The response is really great. Everybody has been wonderful about donating,” Traci said. “So many people want to help.”

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