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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.

Link, Pauline

Written by David Green.

Pauline O. “Polly” Link, 96, formerly of Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 7, 2011, at the Fairlawn Nursing Home in Archbold, Ohio.

She was born July 6, 1914, in Wright Township, Mich., to the late Lewis Paul and Edna Hazel (Winzeler) Towne. She married Glen “Dick” Link in 1930, and he preceded her in death Sept. 25, 1987.

Polly graduated from Fayette High School and furthered her studies in the art field at the Fort Wayne School of Art and Design, Defiance College, Toledo Museum of Art, Florida’s Barnum and Bailey Art School, and Siena Heights University.

Polly was a self-employed artist and art teacher, working out of her home studio on Ranger Highway near Morenci, where she painted on china for clients across the country. Her older paintings can be found overseas in countries including Greece, Germany and France. She has paintings in every state in the United States, except New Jersey. Polly taught her talents to hundreds of students over the years.

Aside from her devotion to her art, she also enjoyed quilting, sewing, fishing and hunting. She attended Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church.

Polly once stated that when she dies, she doesn’t want people to say that she is deceased; she wants everyone to say that she’s “Gone Fishing.”

Surviving Polly are one sister, Velma Scott of Sylvania, Ohio; special friends, Ned Horton of Alvordton, Ohio, and Dolores Schaffner of Fayette; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Polly was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Don White and Lewis Towne; and three sisters, Mildred Hand, Faye Towne and Bea Ott.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette. Interment will follow in the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Normal Memorial Library or the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

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