The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.
MATH HELP—Children learn how to count and how to recognize numbers, said Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey, but some students have difficulty understanding what a number represents. The abacus can help make that more clear. First grade teacher John Craig bought the equipment with a grant from the Morenci Education Foundation. Clockwise, from the bottom left, are students Addyson Valentine, Layla McDowell, Rachel Meadows and Danica Wilmoth.
TEARING DOWN—Ryan Kast (left) and Paul Giberson carry wooden planks from the original bleachers constructed in 1969. A worker with a cutting torch can be seen in the background. School administrators determined that replacement was more cost-effective than the needed repairs. Motors that control movement of the units are now obsolete.
POP GOES THE CORK—Emilia Yatzek and Makayla Nieman watch the cork go flying from the tube in a science experiment. The second grade students walked to the middle school gymnasium Wednesday for the traveling chemistry lab provided by COSI (The Center for Science and Industry). The older grades from the elementary school took their turns later. Additional photos are on page 8.
A PILOT waits inside his 1946 Luscumbe while an assistant gives the propeller a spin to start the engine. It took several attempts before the motor kicked into life and the plane was soon airborne. Around 100 airplanes landed on a grass runway Sunday east of Lyons for the annual Mini-Chili Fly-in.
ART PROJECT—Cody Wagner and other members of Morenci’s fourth grade class work on an art project Monday morning during a visit to Stair Public Library. The students first listened to author Kwame Alexander read his Michigan Reads! book, “Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band,” aloud on a YouTube video and then painted jazzy roosters using cut potatoes, Q-Tips, cardboard and their fingers. The Library of Michigan selected the book for this year’s Michigan Reads! program, a One Book, One State program for young readers.
MORENCI Fire Department members used the Jaws of Life Sunday to free the driver of a pickup truck that was struck by a Norfolk Southern freight train near the intersection of Horton Road and Tuttle Highway in Seneca Township. The driver was taken by ambulance to Bixby Hospital. The engineers in the train told law enforcement officers that the truck was airborne after being struck. The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. The accident report was not completed by press time Tuesday and the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department was unable to report the name of the driver.
ROSS CUTLER is the center of attention on Santa’s lap while elves and Mrs. Claus look on. Santa had a busy day, starting off the morning in Fayette before traveling to Morenci for the afternoon at Wing Shot Gifts and Hair Trigger Salon. The elves, standing, are Forrest and Devon Vernier and the seated elf in the front is Amy Shaffer. Mrs. Claus looks a lot like retired Morenci teacher Ginny Vernier. Area children who didn’t make it onto Santa’s lap have another opportunity Saturday night at the Morenci fire hall following the lighted parade.