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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.

Borck, James

Written by David Green.

James H. Borck, 72, of Hudson, Mich., died Thursday, March 15, 2007, at his home.

He was born in Hudson to Alvin and Mary Louise (Kingsley) Borck. He married Mary “Linda” Dupree Feb, 25, 1967, in Lake Charles, La., and she survives.

Jim retired from the United States Post Office in 1999, with more than 31 years of service. He delivered mail in the Hudson area on all three rural routes. He was previously employed at Rima Mfg in Hudson.

Jim graduated from Romeo High School in 1953, served two tours of duty in the U.S. Army and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. His hobbies included woodworking, reading and stamp collecting.

Surviving Jim besides his wife is one daughter, Dawn (and Markus) Francoeur of Adrian, Mich.; one son, James (and Rachel Kornilakis) Borck of Ypsilanti, Mich.; two grandchildren, Makenzie Francoeur and Paragrine Borck; one sister, Bernice (and Earl) Griffee of Livonia, Mich.; two brothers, Joseph (and Theresa) Borck of Dryden, Mich., and Frank (and Mary) Borck of Fife Lake, Mich.; special family, Dennis “Ed” (and Pam) Jann and their children, David, Samuel and Abigail.

Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Sacred Herat Catholic Church in Hudson with Fr. Richard Eberle and Fr. H. Paul Ruddy as celebrants. Military honors will be conducted at the church by the Hudson American Legion Hannan Colvin Post #180. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Lenawee Hills Memorial Park in Adrian. Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday with a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. at Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may make memorial contributions to Sacred Heart Church or Hospice of Lenawee County.

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