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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.

Isobar looks at February weather 2013.03.06

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fourteen days with temperatures in the teens and below. Five of them in single digits. Eleven days when the temperature stayed below freezing. It was a wintery month last in February.

"It's become unusual to have below-average temperature months," said Morenci area climate observer George Isobar, "but we had one last month. The departure from normal was 1.5° below average."

There was a string of five warmer-than-average days from Feb. 10 to 14, he said, but only one days was significantly above average. However, that was preceded by five days with morning temperatures in the single digits, including the low of 3° recorded February 3. The high temperature for February was recorded February 18 at 50°.

February also turned out to be the snowiest month of the season with 11.7 inches.

"Our biggest snowfall was only 2.9 inches," Isobar said. "It just built up slowly over the month. We had a least a trace falling on 17 days."

Freezing rain fell on two days, and the frozen stuff wasn't all snowflakes, Isobar said. During the month there were some ice pellets and snow grains, and in the final storm of the month, a lot of rain that led to a slushy mess when snow followed.

"We were right on the edge of that storm," Isobar said. "Not too far to the south there wasn't any snow. North toward Clayton, more than twice as much snow fell than in Morenci."

There were plenty of windy days last month. The average wind speed in Toledo was 9.7 miles an hour. There five days with the strongest wind gust measured at 30 miles an hour and above. The peak gust came in at 49 miles an hour and another at 45. Trees and limbs went down in several areas of Lenawee County, but none were reported in Morenci.

MARCH—March started off on the chilly side, then moved into the snowy side, but that should moderate soon. Temperatures are expected to rise into the 40s at least through next Tuesday, and they should remain above freezing starting on Saturday.

“I like to point out that we’ve had some really big snowstorms in March,” Isobar said, “but that’s not the norm.”

The average snow total for March stands at about five and a half inches.

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