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.

Sauder agrees to buy wind power 2013.02.20

Written by David Green.

Sauder Woodworking Co. has signed a five-year agreement to purchase up to 750,000 kWh worth of Renewable Energy Credits per year from the wind turbines recently installed by the Archbold and Pettisville school districts.  The agreement will reduce Sauder’s overall carbon footprint while supporting the financial needs of both local school districts.

Renewable energy from the new wind turbines adds value in two ways. First, the energy that is generated can be used by each school district to reduce or eliminate traditional purchased power. Second, the favorable environmental attributes associated with the energy generation can be separated from the actual energy and sold to environmentally conscious individuals or organizations. One Renewable Energy Credit (REC) is created for each kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity that is generated. RECs are registered through the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO), and for environmental reporting purposes, these RECs, can be used to reduce an organization’s carbon footprint.

Through this agreement, both the Archbold and Pettisville school districts will receive up to $7,500 per year in incremental revenue from the generation of power. In return, Sauder will record and report a reduction in the carbon emissions associated with 750,000 kWh worth of conventional electricity generation.

"This agreement will help us maximize the value of our wind turbine while promoting responsible environmental stewardship, said Pettisville superintendent Stephen Switzer.

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