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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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.

Metcalf, Jack

Written by David Green.

Jack G. Metcalf, 89, of Flushing,  Mich., formerly of Adrian and Tecumseh, died Jan. 27, 2007, at the Fostrian Court Assisted Living Center in Flushing.

He was born Dec. 1, 1917, in Morenci to Ira and Sara (Gardner) Metcalf. On May 19, 1940, he married Jane Warner in Tecumseh.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 during World War II. He was a sergeant with the 402nd Field Artillery Battalion and helped to liberate Dachau, Germany.

Along with his father, he owned and operated the Metcalf Market in Morenci.  He was graduated from Morenci High School.

Jack was appointed the Postmaster for the Tecumseh Post Office in 1952, retiring in 1977 after 25 years of service. He was the counselor for the Postmaster’s Orientation Program, a member of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States, and a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

He was a 50-year member of the First Presbyterian Church in Tecumseh, a lifetime member of the Fairfield Masonic Lodge #125 F.&A.M., a member of the Royal Arch Masons of Michigan, and served as Past President of the Tecumseh Exchange Club.

Jack spent winters in Florida after retiring, where he won many shuffleboard tournaments.

He is survived by a daughter, Ann Czmer and her husband, Dana, of Flushing; three grandchildren, Matthew (and Julie) Czmer, Kathleen Kool and Susan (and Lukas) Schrader; eight great-grandchildren, Megan, Nicholas, Lauren and Matthew Czmer, A.J. and Maya Kool, and Seth and Trenton Schrader.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Jane C. Metcalf.

Funeral services were Jan. 3, at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian. Burial followed in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci with full military rites conducted by the Morenci American Legion Post #368.

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