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.

First, Pauline

Written by David Green.

Pauline Ruth First, 84, of Weston, Mich., died Oct. 31, 2006, after a battle with ovarian cancer, under the care of Hospice of Lenawee and her family.

She was born March 4, 1922 to Peter and Elizabeth (Miller) Brill. She married Welden W. First on Sept. 8, 1945 and he preceded her in death Oct. 6, 1984.

Pauline graduated from Lyons High School in 1939, and was a homemaker most of her life. She was an auxiliary member of the G. Chandler Bond Post #275 and enjoyed participating in parades. She was also a member of the Weston Women’s Club and served as president. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir and played the organ. Pauline enjoyed Michigan winters, gardening, cooking, and playing the piano, organ and accordion.

Pauline is survived by children Patrick W. First and Diana S. First, both of Weston, Mich., Stephanie K. (and Gary) Russell of Oakshade, Ohio, and Kathleen H. Strech of Sand Creek; grandchildren, Stephen D. Strech and Jacob R. Strech, both of Sand Creek and Katrina M. (and Corey) Pinter of Adrian; great-granddaughter, Kaylee Nicole Pinter; sisters, Rose Zenz, and Betty (and Cheo) Regalado; an aunt, Jean Miller; five nieces; five nephews; and several cousins.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Martha A. Fanning, and brothers in-law, Harlan Rell, Howard First, Irv Fanning and Calvin Zenz.

Funeral services are scheduled Nov. 4 at Braun Everiss Wagley Funeral Home in Adrian with Rev. Joel Sarrault officiating. Burial will follow at Lenawee Hills Memorial Park in Adrian.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee or St. John’s Lutheran Church building fund.

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