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McGuireville resident Maggie Merkes selects sheets of copper she will use to make into copper lampshades. VVN/Bill Helm

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From trash to treasure: Maggie Merkes repurposes copper into lampshades

MCGUIREVILLE - Not many people have life-changing experiences at their friendly neighborhood junkyard.But Maggie Merkes of McGuireville is far from typical.In the mid-1980s, Merkes was already an accomplished maker of saguaro cactus lamps. Upon finishing a lamp one day, she couldn't find an "appropriate" lampshade.