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.

Seneca Township board 2013.06.05

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township's next trash clean-up is scheduled from 7 a.m. until noon June 15 at the township hall. The event is for township residents only.

Certain items are not allowed in the collection, including ashes, car parts (engines, transmissions, etc.), building materials (concrete, plaster, iron, steel), batteries, tires, pesticide containers, paint and yard waste.

At the regular May 13 township meeting, board members approved a 10 percent increase in payment given to support the Morenci Area EMS ambulance service. Medina Township and the City of Morenci are also paying more.

ZONING—Planning commission member Chris White reported that the property near the intersection of Mulberry Road and M-156 where a new lawn care business opened is not zoned correctly for retail sales. Township clerk Allison Ott will check with the Michigan Township Association and county officials to learn the best approach to take for this issue and any future land uses at the property.

STORE—A letter from the township attorney was sent to the owners of the old Canandaigua store, calling for a June 24 deadline to begin demolition. Portions of the roof of the structure have collapsed.

ROADS—The board voted to table action on accepting a bid from the county road commission to apply two inches of stone on a portion of Ridgeville Road.

LAWN—A contract was renewed for Bob Ford to handle lawn care at the cemetery and the township hall.

SHEEP—Ott is checking with county officials about partial reimbursement for the loss of some 4-H sheep at a township resident’s home. The sheep were killed by an animal that got into a secure pen. The sheriff's office suggested inquiring about compensation.

JULY—No township meeting is scheduled in July.

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