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.

Galvin, Thomas

Written by David Green.

Thomas R. Galvin (“D.J. Tommy Ray”), 60, of Wauseon, Ohio, died of cancer Oct. 2, 2010, in his home.

Tom was born Oct. 27, 1949, in Toledo, Ohio, to Herbert and Genevieve (Bearss) Galvin.

He was a 1967 graduate of Bowsher High School. Tom worked as an electrician for I.B.E.W. Local 8, and served as the Wauseon electrical inspector, as well as being the owner of D.J. Tommy Ray musical entertainment business. At the age of 16 he started playing in bands and the last band he played with was the Silver Creek Band. Tom was a member of the Pettisville Missionary Church.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Borton Galvin of Wauseon; a son, Jeremy (and Melanie) Galvin of Swanton, Ohio; a daughter, Shannon (and Matt) Hitt of Swanton; and step-children Cyndi (and Hal) Cassidy, Archbold, Ohio, and Dean Ricker of Wauseon; 10 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; mother-in-law, June Borton of Wauseon; mother of his children, Pat Wilder Galvin of Swanton; sisters, Jackie (and Dale) Kruse of Minnesota; Becky (and Bill) Rehm, Galena, Ohio; and nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents and a son-in-law, Adam Hall.

A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Pettisville Missionary Church, with Pastor Joanne Powers and Pastor Kent Knorr officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the church. Memorial contributions are suggested for the Fulton County Fair Gospel Tent. Arrangements were made by Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, Wauseon.

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