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.

Rorick, Marvin

Written by David Green.

Marvin Curtis Rorick, 85, of Suttons Bay, Mich., died March 30, 2013, at Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, comforted by his family.

Marvin was born April 30, 1927, in Seneca, the son of Curtis K. Rorick and Margaret Ruth (Lloyd) Rorick. On Aug. 6, 1949, in Morenci, he married Luella M. (Hartman) Rorick and she survives.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Marv had a distinguished career in the insurance industry including more than 25 years in his dream job with Auto-Owners Insurance.

He and Lu moved into their home on Grand Traverse Bay after retirement where he was able to enjoy his love of  speedboats, sailing and his tractors.

Marv was known for helping others and for an unyielding positive attitude. He was an active, longtime supporter and past board member of the Leelanau Conservancy.

In addition to his wife, Marvin is survived by three children, Janet Rorick, James (and Sharon) Rorick and Jack (and Lisa) Rorick; four grandchildren, Caitlyn and Jacob Rorick, Hart Rorick and Natalie Ferrer; and one great-granddaughter, Mara Morley.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert, and a sister, Catherine.

Private family services have been held. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Traverse City.

Memorials are suggested to The Leelanau Conservancy, Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation or a charity of your choice.

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