The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.
RUNNERS burst off the starting line Saturday morning at the annual Kellen Keiser Memorial 5-K run and walk at Fayette High School. More than 130 participants helped raise funds for the K-Bob Relay for Life team. Additional photos and race results are on page 11 of this week’s Observer.
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.
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.
STRUGGLING—The freshman class tug-of-war team battles against Morenci’s senior class during the Homecoming Games pep rally last Friday. But who’s that big bearded freshman on the extreme right who is lending a couple of hands? The football team came through with a homecoming crowd pleasing performance, shutting out Whiteford, 49-0.