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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.

Geri Sanchez: Turns stump into yard decoration 2010.07.28

Written by David Green.

sanchez.stump.jpgDon’t try to remember the tree that once stood in the side yard of the Geri and Romero Sanchez home on East Coomer Street in Morenci because there wasn’t one.

The stump that stands there now actually came from a tree that once grew across the street on the Church of the Nazarene property.

When the tree was cut and the large chunk of the trunk lay on the ground, Geri got the urge to do something with it.

She and her husband managed to roll it across the street, up their driveway and into the garage. Once it was righted, they went to work to create the roof, chimney, doors and windows.

“It was a nice winter project,” Geri said, “but it turned out a little more elaborate than what I had planned.”

It took a tractor with a fork to lift the stump and move it into place in the side yard, and then the finishing touches were added—the fence, driveway, outbuildings, a tree and more.

“I wanted to use real grass around the house,” Geri said, “but then I thought, how am I going to mow it?”

She settled for green-painted stones.

The miniature clothesline is full of her daughter’s Barbie doll clothes, and the family Schnauzers also served as some inspiration, Geri said. Their names and pawprints are preserved in the tiny sidewalk.

Geri recently started a lawn manicure business—gardens, trimming, retaining walls, etc., rather than mowing—and when she isn’t busy with that, she might be found at what she calls 115-1/8 E. Coomer St., keeping things sharp at her second home.

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