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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.

Meeting to focus on oil and gas issues 2012.03.28

Written by David Green.

 An informational meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. April 5 in Brooklyn to discuss various issues relating to the exploration of oil and gas resources, particularly waste disposal injection wells.

The guest speaker is Dr. Christopher Grobbel, a specialist in environmental policy and law.

West Bay Exploration has requested approval to drill two deep waste injection wells in Norvell Township located north of Wamplers Lake. Due to public concern, the EPA will schedule a public hearing at a later date.

The April 5 meeting is scheduled in advance of the hearing to learn about the possible impact on the River Raisin Watershed and the groundwater resources in the Irish Hills area.

Portions of Jackson, Lenawee, Hilldsale and Washtenaw counties are experiencing considerable oil and gas drilling activity. The large amount of drilling underway near Brooklyn might be experienced in many other areas of southern Michigan.

Jackson County is now reported as the largest oil-producing county in Michigan, with Lenawee in the number three spot.

Organizers of the meeting say the goal of the presentation is to better understand the impact of drilling activities on the environment and how the community can effectively engage in the process. 

Topics of focus include:

• waste disposal injection wells

• preparation for the EPA hearing 

• the impact of oil and gas on water and land resources

• working with local government on environmental ordinances to protect and improve the watershed

• possible financial resources available to communities to enhance and develop recreation and environmental projects.

The meeting is scheduled at Cornerstone Community Church, 201 Constitution Ave., in Brooklyn. When driving into Brooklyn on M-50, turn left at the Big Boy restaurant.

For additional information, call former Morenci resident John Bancroft at 517/945-4822. 

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