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  • KayseInField
    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.
  • Front.lift
    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.

Packaging foam accepted at Morenci recycling center 2012.04.04

Written by David Green.

Visitors to Morenci’s recycling center might have noticed the large collection of packaging foam located along the north wall.

Although there was never any formal announcement, plastic packaging foam can be taken to the center—if it’s clean and free of debris.

Recycling center coordinator Laurie Schisler said she was once talking to Vance Jacobs, owner of Morenci’s Frontier Insulation, and the subject of foam came up.

“People are always asking what to do with it,” Schisler said, and unfortunately her answer was always to throw it away because no recycling was offered.

That changed when Jacobs offered to take foam.

“We really want white packaging or insulation foam,” Jacobs said. 

Foam is sliced an inch thick and ground into beads. After that it’s taken to a facility in Adrian and pressed into sheets of insulation that are used under concrete.

After Jacobs picked up a load recently from the center, he soon discovered a problem. Many pieces of foam have labels or tape on them

“The biggest problem is when labels and cellophane tape are left on,” he said. “It’s got to be clean. We cannot accept packaging foam with labels and tape.”

Labels often are easily removed, but it’s too time consuming for his small staff to tackle the project, so he’s only taking clean foam.

Foam from food use—egg cartons, beverage cups, take-out food containers—can only be brought to the recycling center if it’s clean. Otherwise, those items should be thrown away.

Packaging peanuts are also accepted and used by a local company for shipping parts. Peanuts should be contained in a bag and not mixed in with other foam.

Schisler isn’t present at the recycling center during all of the open hours and she hopes users will cooperate with the restrictions listed.

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