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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    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.

2007.10.10 Karel van de Kolk

Written by David Green.

I am responding to the Oct. 3, 2007 article, “Dairy Runs Afoul of ODA.”

First of all, let me clarify that Chesterfield Dairy is voluntarily implementing the manure treatment system. We are committed to protecting the environment and are always looking for ways to improve our manure management. This treatment system will, for example, allow us to recycle sand that is used for bedding and it will reduce the amount of manure that is applied on fields as fertilizer. This will also lead to less traffic to and from the farm.

Secondly, the manure treatment is operational.

Third, the well test was completed and results were submitted to ODA on Sept. 28, 2007.

Fourth, the storm water that was contained on our property has been pumped in one of the treatment cells, which needed to be filled up with water.

In consultation with ODA the manure that was brought in by Vreba-Hoff will be removed in the form of solids that will be generated by the manure treatment system. Let me also explain that Chesterfield Dairy has kept up with manure application all summer, thus there was room in our storage lagoon to help out another farm. The ultimate goal was to prevent any discharges from happening which would hurt the environment.

– Karel van de Kolk
Chesterfield Dairy, LLC

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