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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.

John Geisler honored by state association 2013.03.13

Written by David Green.

john.geislerA Morenci graduate and former Western Michigan University professor was recently honored with the first Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed by the Michigan Counseling Association.

Dr. John Geisler received the award and learned that a scholarship would be given in his honor—the Dr. John Geisler Membership Scholarship. The awards were presented at the Michigan Counseling Association annual conference. Geisler is professor emeritus from the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Western.

"Dr. Geisler’s efforts and dedication to the field of professional counseling in the State of Michigan should never be forgotten," stated the association.

A faculty member in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology from 1976 to 2005, Geisler previously taught at Central Michigan University. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Toledo and his bachelor's degree from Adrian College.

A member of the Michigan Counseling Association for 44 years, he served as president of the organization for one year, the Governing Council for 25 years, the by-laws chair for 20 years and the licensure committee chair for eight years.

He also has been president of the following professional organizations: the Michigan Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Kalamazoo Counseling Association, and the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. He served as chair of the Midwest Branch Assembly of the American Counseling Association and the national secretary of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and also served on several accreditation teams for the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs.

Geisler was instrumental in the writing and passage of the Michigan licensed professional counselor law. He testified 23 times before legislative committees, boards and councils and also served on the Michigan Board of Counseling for eight years including as chair for two years.

An author of 35 articles and research reports, he presented 41 programs at local, state and national conferences, and he conducted 26 seminars and training programs on private practice, ethics, legal issues and supervision for counselors and social workers.

He has been honored by the Michigan Counseling Association, the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association and the Kalamazoo Counseling Association, and as a Distinguished Alumni by Adrian College and Morenci High School.

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