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.

Ries, Jari

Written by David Green.

Jari Deane Ries, 79, of Morenci, Mich., died Oct. 27, 2010.

She was born May 13, 1931, to Wm. Frances “Pappy” and Alberta (Osgood Chandler) Eldredge.

Jari, along with her father, owned the Shoe Tree store in Morenci. She had a variety of jobs throughout her lifetime. She was awarded life membership from the American Legion Auxiliary Post #368 in Morenci.

Jari enjoyed her family and life in Morenci where she and her friend Joan St. Clair were regulars at the Dari-Ette. She was affectionately known as Grandma “J” by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jari was known as a very generous person and enjoyed shopping for her great-grandchildren. Christmas was her favorite holiday and she put Martha Stewart to shame with her gorgeous gift wrapping. She was a creative person, making clothes for her daughters ranging from baby clothes to wedding dresses.  She was proficient at many crafts.

Jari is survived by two daughters, K. (and James) Brink and Linda (and Doug) Dusseau; nine grandchildren, Nicole Wilhelm, Abbe (and Jason) Voigt, MacTavish (and Michele) McDowell, Molly (and Brian Shaffer) McDowell, Eve (and Jim) Mehallow, Adam, Becky, Cindy and Steve Dusseau; eight great-grandchildren, Lucas Wilhelm, Griffin and Aimee Voigt, Charlotte and Kaden McDowell, Rowan and Beau Shaffer and Austin Mehallow; former son-in-law, Jim (and Sharon) McDowell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leland “Jake” Ries; a son, Kevin Lee Ries; and foster parents, Amos and Hattie Rupp.

A memorial service is planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Visitation is scheduled from noon until time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or Autism Speaks.

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