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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

2012.02.22 Getting that last drop of kefir

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Two years ago I started making silly videos and posting them on YouTube. Then, about a year and half later, I stopped.

I sometimes wonder about this—why it started, why it ended. I suppose it started when I bought a little Flip video camera, but why did it stop? I’m not so sure. I used to carry the Flip with me at all times and now I never do, so I guess it’s just not on my mind much anymore. 

I also ran out of equipment from the back of the Observer office to show off. After losing my hand in the paper cutter, smashing a finger on the proof press, suffering electrocution via the Linotype, etc., there was nothing more to feature.

I used to make a video every Tuesday night after addressing the newspapers to highlight stories from the new edition of the paper. Maybe that’s what killed it off. They were often quite boring and it became a drag to create one and process it every week instead of simply going home after the long weekly battle ended.

I suppose it wouldn’t take too much of an effort to start in again and revive Vudley’s Channel on YouTube. I even have notes for future videos somewhere and an actual script for something silly with the neighbor girls.

Even though I haven’t done much lately—let me take a look; 163 total, but only six in the last six months—I’m still reminded of them now and then when I receive notice of a comment left by a viewer.

The very first comment came after I posted the second video ever, the one about the Observer’s big paper cutter. “Is it harder to edit videos with one hand now?” asked a viewer from Pettisville.

Then came a surprising one. On the way to Fayette one day, I stopped at the always-flowing artesian well on U.S. 20 and filmed myself taking a drink of that interesting water. For some odd reason, that video has been watched more than 4,200 times.

Here’s the one comment from all those views: “There’s several where I live in South Carolina. Thanks for sharing.”

I made a stupid little video called “Death by Snuggie” after someone gave me one of those body blankets as a joke. That was followed by the comment: “What a homo.”

I think the short video called “Too Much Fiber” deserves comment, but all it got was one of those keyboard emoticons: 0____0. I’m not even sure what that one is saying.

The Linotype accident brought a serious comment: “Thanks for this video. I did both handsetting and ran the linotype at Chicago’s Lane Technical High School in the 1970’s. Hot lead... very impressive machinery.”

Take a Minute for Poetry: “Never seen this side of you Mr. Green, glad I only see it on my computer screen!!!”

The Drain is Plugged Again: “Um, David, the sink is not a garbage disposal.”

Morenci Battle of the Bands: 11 comments; few can be published here.

The mausoleum tour at the cemetery resulted in some interest about what’s inside the Hunt mausoleum.

A video about finding a geocache near my granddaughter’s diaper resulted in a few comments, at least two from England.

The comment that really surprised me arrived just two weeks ago—almost exactly two years after I made a stupid video about the difficulty of getting all the kefir out of a container.

Kefir might be described as a tangy, liquid yogurt that tastes too good to waste a drop. I only drink it from a saucer or shallow bowl so I can lick it clean, like a cat might do. Then, when it’s gone, I have to cut open the plastic bottle to reach every last vestige.

That video has been viewed more than 500 times and that comment just recently arrived—from someone who posts videos about Jesus and about scantily clad women—suggested that I use a rubber spatula.

The best one—posted by a viewer with a lot of Middle Eastern videos—suggested “how about pouring some water or milk into the empty container, shake it/swirl it around, then drink or decant the liquid. I find that you can get virtually all the kefir out that way.”

Once I learned about “decanting the liquid,” I decided this might be worth a try.  Maybe I can make a centrifuge with a lazy susan. The things you learn on YouTube.

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