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.

Solomonson, Myrtle

Written by David Green.

Myrtle Louise (Barron) Solomonson, 83, of Morenci, Mich., died Aug. 15, 2006 at Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian.

She was born July 22, 1923 in Weston, Mich., to Walter B. and Alice (Dippery) Barron. She married Harold Solomonson on Dec. 23, 1945 in Seward, Ohio, and he preceded her in death.Myrtle lived most of her life in the Morenci area. She graduated from Morenci High School in 1941. She received certificates of achievement from Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science and the United States Department of Agriculture for Boys and Girls Club for beef projects in 1938 and 1941. She earned a teacher’s certificate to teach the Palmer Method of handwriting from Palmer Method of Business Writing in 1942. She graduated from Michigan County Normal Training School for Teachers in Blissfield, Mich., in 1942 and received a bachelor’s degree from Adrian College in 1960. She earned a permanent teaching certificate for all grades from the State Board of Education, Public Schools of Michigan in 1963 and earned a master’s degree in education from Eastern Michigan University in 1965, specializing in special education.

She first taught in 1942 at Medina School, a one-room schoolhouse with eight grades. She taught for a year, in 1946, in North Morenci, another one-room schoolhouse, and from 1949 to 1951 at Canandaigua School. From 1951 to 1955 she taught at North Morenci School, and after it was consolidated, she taught third grade at Morenci Elementary School until 1963 when she began teaching special education at the elementary and middle school levels. She helped expand the special education program at Morenci schools. She retired from Morenci Area Schools in 1988 after 44 years of service. She was also employed at the Morenci Rubber Plant and Michigan International Speedway.

In 1982 Myrtle was honored as Teacher of the Year by the Lenawee County Federation of Women’s Clubs. She was a member of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel and the American Legion Auxiliary. She belonged to the traveler group of the Ypsilanti Township Senior Citizens and to Lenawee County REACT.

Myrtle is survived by two children, Shirley (and Steve) Hyland of Brooklyn, Mich., and Harold J. “Jim” Solomonson of Morenci; two grandsons, Matthew (and Becky) Hyland and Chad (and Candance) Solomonson; seven great-grandsons; two brothers, Norman Barron of Ypsilanti and Howard Barron of Morenci; one sister, Alice Jean Somerlott of Santa Claus, Ind.; many nieces and nephews; and her cat, O.J.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Robert, Daniel, Walter and John Barron, and three sisters, Almyra Barron, Margaret Loveless and Mary Clark.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. Thelia Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee County, Stair Public Library in Morenci or the Neal V. Singles Memorial Scholarship.

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