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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.

Rain barrels, composting bins available 2012.04.11

Written by David Green.

The Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District has rain barrels and compost tumblers available for purchase.

Rain barrels—Rain barrels have a 50-60 gallon capacity and are made of recycled food grade barrels. Residential grade aluminum screening covers the top and keeps leaves, debris and small insects from entering the barrel.

Each barrel comes with a hose shut-off on the front and a fitting with a cap near the bottom of the barrel which allows multiple barrels to be connected.

Barrels are designed to remain outside year-round. Instructions are provided for installation and use.

Rain barrels cost $70 each.

Compost Tumblers—Compost tumblers are made of recycled materials including a 55-gallon black barrel and a frame made of plastic.

The barrel absorbs heat all day and holds the heat in during the night and does not allow the contents to cool down like an open bin or a stacking bin. A center tube aerates the compost pile and allows excess moisture to drain out. Steel bars inside the barrel break up the compost and fluff it up for better aeration.

Compost tumblers are pest proof and avoid odor problems by controlling moisture and aeration.

Compost tumbler kits come with all necessary pieces and full assembly instructions as well as general use instructions.

Compost tumbler kits cost $142 each.

For more informtion or to purchase a rain barrel or compost tumbler, call the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District at 419/337-9217, visit the office located at 8770 St. Rt. 108 in Wauseon, or visit www.fultoncountyoh.com/swcd.

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