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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.

Many veterans never seek benefits earned 2013.06.05

Written by David Green.

In the past fiscal year ending Sept 30, more than $35 million came into Lenawee County to benefit veterans through the Veterans Administration. More than $2.7 billion was given to veterans throughout the state.

"There are so many benefits, but veterans don't ask," said Jerry Bach of Morenci, a member of the Lenawee County Department of Veterans Affairs executive committee. "Many don't apply that have money coming, especially disabled veterans.

Bach, a World War II veteran, joined the county executive committee 19 years ago.

In the past year, veterans and their families received $16.9 million in disability compensation, DIC death compensation, and veteran's pension and death pension benefits.

About $2.3 million went toward educational and vocational rehabilitation benefits; $15.4 million for medical care; and $298,000 for insurance and indemnities.

An estimated 7,685 veterans reside in Lenawee County, and 680,000 in the state.

About half of the funds go directly to veterans and their families. The remaining money supports Veterans Administration medical services and health care.

Bach said a van is available daily for veterans to travel to the VA hospital in Ann Arbor.

The county Veterans Affairs office is located at 1040 S. Winter St, Ste. 3017, in Adrian. An appointment is required for most services. Fall 517/264-5335 for information or call the Veterans Administration directly at 800/827-1000.

The Michigan House approved last week a state budget that includes an additional $8.6 million to create a state veterans affairs agency to better assist Michigan veterans, state Rep. Nancy Jenkins announced.

Jenkins, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs, spoke on the House floor about the special funding, which also includes $600,000 for Veterans Service Organizations to better connect veterans with benefits.

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