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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.

Bridge Walk to support reading program 2012.08.29

Written by David Green.

Bring a book to the bridge!

Participants will walk and read across Michigan’s southernmost bridge this Labor Day during the 18th annual Silver Creek Bridge Walk in Morenci. The event starts at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 3, just south of the Silver Creek Bridge on East Street South. 

Proceeds raised from commemorative T-shirt sales and sponsorships will benefit Stair Public Library’s “Prime Time Family Reading Time” program so the emphasis at this year’s walk will be on books.

The oldest book, the biggest book, the smallest book, the thickest book, the most obtuse book, the funniest looking book, the prettiest book, the best book that mentions Morenci...you bring the book and Stair Public Library staff will award prizes to winners in a variety of categories.

Animal tails

“Animal Tales,” the theme for this year’s Prime Time book selections, sparked an idea for another activity at the Bridge Walk. 

“All the books have something to do with animals,” said library director Colleen Leddy, “so I thought it would be fun for everyone to dress up as an animal with a tail.”

It’s not necessary to dress up or to bring a book to participate, but those who do will lead the walk across the bridge, says Leddy, and everyone who crosses the bridge will receive a commemorative certificate noting their accomplishment.

Shirts

The 18th Annual Labor Day Silver Creek Bridge Walk shirts cost $10 for youth sizes to XL. Size 2X costs $11.

The sapphire blue (with lime green ink) commemorative T-shirts can be purchased in advance at United Bank & Trust, First Federal Bank, Johnson’s Hardware and at Stair Public Library during open hours: Monday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The shirts will also be sold at the Bridge Walk.

The event is sponsored by the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce.

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