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.

Allen, Frederick

Written by David Green.

Fredrick Jay Allen, 62, died May 3, 2013, surrounded by his family.

Fred was born April 4, 1951, to the late Walter and Helen (Rushlow) Allen in Watertown, New York, and graduated from Watertown High School in 1969. On May 28, 1973, Fred married Regina Terzini in Watertown. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and received an honorable discharge in 1974. Upon his return from the military, Fred relocated to Syracuse, New York, for 20 years. While living in Syracuse, Fred was a member of the Carpenters Union and was later employed by General Motors Corporation. He also served several years with the Lyncourt Volunteer Fire Department. Fred transferred to Morenci in 1993 to continue employment with General Motors Corporation/Delphi Automotive Systems, retiring in 2006, after 30 years of service.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Christina (and James) Knight of Connorsville, Ind., Tracey (and David) Harvey, Jr., of Adrian, Mich., Maria Allen of Schenectady; a son, Frederick J. Allen, Jr., Toledo, Ohio; grandchildren, Jacob, Ciarra, Brian, Michael, David, Jordan, Karissa, Isaiah, Noah, Jermaine, Jr., and Michael; sister, Mary Allen; brothers, Thomas (and Bertha) Trygar and Bruce Allen, all of Watertown; mother-in-law, Margaret Terzini; sister-in-law, Barbara (and Gregory) Fernandez, both of Syracuse; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by his half-brother, John "Jack" Allen; sister-in-law, Anne Trygar, of Watertown; and father-in-law, Amelio "Chops" Terzini, of Syracuse.

Fred will be remembered by his family for his great sense of humor, motorcycling, barbecuing, camping, ice fishing, snowmobiling, his love of the New York Yankees, Elvis and country music and spending time with his friends at Morning Fresh Bakery.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, at St. Caspar Catholic Church in Wauseon, Ohio. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

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