The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.
CARDIO DRUMMING is the latest craze sweeping through Morenci. The exercise routine started with a conversation between two residents and ballooned to nearly 140 participants in just over two weeks. All it takes is a large exercise ball, a bucket to hold it in place and a pair of drum sticks—plus a willingness to follow the leader through a set of lunges, squats, twists and more. See the back page for more information.
MARCELLA GRIESER reacts to the strange feeling when air is removed from a plastic sack and the sack collapses tightly around her hand. The experience was part of a visit from Toledo’s COSI science center last week. Each of Morenci’s elementary school classes took a turn visiting several weather-related stations set up in the middle school gymnasium. From the left, Alivia Scivoletto, Alex Martin and Luis Taboada await their turn. Look for additional photos in next week’s Observer.
TWO POINTS—Morenci’s Evan Mansfield puts up a shot against Fayette’s Jayden Fairfield and Tyrese Pearson during a tournament game Saturday afternoon. The annual tournament pits area fourth, fifth and sixth grade boys teams against each other. Fayette won this game with a strong second half.
MEMBERS of Morenci’s school staff team take a break while other members of the team tangle with the 13ABC All-Stars from Toledo. Announcer Tim Bovee urged any EMTs in the audience to take front-row seats. From the left is Morenci graduate Brooks Rollins, retired Morenci teacher and coach Larry Bruce, and Morenci graduates Joe Farquhar, Chris Mansfield, Emilie Beach and Jed Hall. “It was a great turn-out,” said Morenci Athletic Booster member Laura Stover who organized the event. Admission to the game, a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction and taco dinner brought in nearly $4,000 for the Boosters’ new scholarship fund. This marks the 13th year for the Channel 13 team to participate in fund-raising events around the station’s viewing area. The games have helped schools bring in more than $700,000.
stepping stool—A few members of the Young Dawgs wrestling program aren’t tall enough to reach the drinking fountain at the high school, so team member Keegan Fee helped out by serving as a stool for the shorter kids who needed a drink during a break in practice. The wrestlers’ tournament season is just getting underway.
MORENCI Elementary School students get started taking the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) test for mathematics in the new computer lab that is now complete through funds from a levy approved by voters in 2013. The Michigan Department of Education is moving to online assessment testing and the new lab—two classrooms combined—will allow an entire grade to be tested at one time. The NWEA test gives teachers a detailed look at the progress of each student at mid-year.
CHECKING IT OUT—Imelda Magbanua looks over the offerings from the ProMedica Veggie Mobile on her way in for lunch at the Morenci Senior Center. Fresh produce is offered for sale every Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 at the ProMedica building on W. Coomer Street. The program is designed to promote a healthy lifestyle among senior citizens and lower income people.