The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

2007.10.17 Cecilia Conway

Written by David Green.

This letter is in response to the article, “Dairy Runs afoul of the ODA,” that appeared October 3, 2007.

Contrary to what was reported, the Ohio Department of Agriculture does not plan to pursue enforcement for the movement of manure to Chesterfield Dairy.  Because the amount stored at Vreba-Hoff’s Michigan farms was about to exceed the permitted level, approximately 600,000 gallons of manure were hauled to Chesterfield Dairy. The Ohio Department of Agriculture has approved the treatment of the manure at Chesterfield Dairy, which was an agreed upon contingency plan.  Chesterfield has implemented a treatment system similar to Vreba-Hoff’s, and all the manure will be processed through that system. The owners of Chesterfield Dairy did this voluntarily to help out a neighboring farm.

Your readers also should know that Vreba-Hoff intends to challenge all of the allegations the Michigan DEQ has raised through its recent correspondence to the farms. The new manure treatment system at both farms is in operation and working well. The backlog of manure that accumulated while Vreba-Hoff replaced the previous system is being reduced. The new system is processing twice the amount of manure that the dairies are producing. and it’s expected eventually that the new system will be more than able to handle all of the manure produced by the farms.

Moreover, no onsite storage structure failed, despite what your story reports. Although a concrete structure has developed a crack in one wall, the crack is not releasing manure. We have designed and will soon construct a new structure to replace the damaged one. One concrete structure was damaged while it was being cleaned and manure was being removed.  Because the damage was not repairable, a new structure is under construction.

Vreba-Hoff is committed to protecting the environment by appropriately processing and distributing the organic nutrients its cows produce. The farms have invested significant amounts to make sure the best manure-handling system available is being used. We’ve done that because we want to be good neighbors and an asset to the community. Thank you for allowing me to set the record straight.

– Cecilia Conway
Vreba-Hoff Dairy

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