The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.
MINI-CHEER—Fayette Elementary School children found something to cheer about Saturday night at the conclusion of the annual mini-cheer program when the younger set gets the opportunity to learn from the high school cheerleaders. Willow Mitchell is all gussied up for her big night on the basketball court.
HABITAT for Humanity volunteer Jeff Ort digs around the edge of the brick basement floor at Morenci’s newest Habitat project on Oak Street. The walls of the old “Michigan basement” will be strengthened to give the new owners a firm foundation. Saturday marked the beginning of the project. David Long and Amanda Winters, along with their five children, hope to move into the home in the spring.
PRE-K STUDENTS in Chris Mansfield’s Morenci classroom trace letters of the alphabet on iPads. That’s one of many ways the students use the devices. Mr. Mansfield had three iPads in his classroom and needed one more to cover each of his learning centers. A grant from Midwest Energy paid for the fourth iPad and representatives from the utility made a classroom presentation in January. Clockwise from the lower left is Levi Seitz, Landon Wilkins, Adam Fellers and Jameson Griesinger.
HOMECOMING GAMES—From the left, class representatives Caylob Alcock, Cody Tule, Jacob Morin and Travis Zuvers pause while working their way through a quart of ice cream in an eating contest Friday afternoon at the homecoming pep rally. Tule was the winner. After two cancelations due to weather, Morenci’s winter homecoming king was finally crowned at the final basketball game of the regular season.
COLIN RICHARDSON clears snow from the sidewalk near Hometown Hardware in Morenci Saturday morning, taking care of the first covering that fell overnight. Plenty more was yet to come. Morenci area climate observer George Isobar measured 2.6 inches Saturday morning and another 6.5 inches by Sunday morning. And then it started in again Monday night. Rain is in the forecast for Thursday. In the background are two of the downtown light poles turned into giant candy canes by members of the Morenci Garden Club.
SLOW GOING—Drivers venture out Sunday morning on Morenci’s Main Street with visibility worsening and lots more snow to come.
EVERY DAY a pair of squirrels spends time feasting on crabapples hanging over the driveway at John and Andi Rorick’s home in Morenci. The photographer’s report: sweet and sour, and leading to a bellyache. The Observer’s first robin report came Friday from Dave Lonis who spotted a single robin in his yard on West Main Street in Morenci. Lonis said he was shocked to see one in this weather. Anyone willing to challenge his claim of seeing the first robin of the year?