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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.

2007.08.22 David Blesing

Written by David Green.

It’s 10 a.m. Friday morning, Aug. 17, 2007. A group of people is assembled in the yard of a home on State Route 120, in Fulton County, close by the Chesterfield factory dairy. The purpose of this assemblage is to attempt to seek a solution to the factory dairy’s having depleted neighbors’ water supplies.

Included in this group is a representative of the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture, representatives of The Dragun Corp., an engineering company out of Farmington, Mich., a young lady from the Fulton County Health Dept., and several neighbors/citizens of Fulton County. The plan is to set up a monitoring program of water wells on the factory’s property and wells on neighbors’ properties in order to bring to an end the negative impact that has been occurring to the citizens’ water supplies. This is a situation that I have been observing and documenting for over a year now.

During a lull in the monitoring plan discussion, a non-neighbor/citizen of Fulton County whom I will refer to as “Mr. E.” started to rag on me, and rag on me he did. He went on for quite a while and I could hardly get a word in edgewise, which is probably just as well. Apparently Mr. E. feels that I should not be concerned with the rights and well-being of my rural friends and neighbors, and that I should not be interfering with operations of the factory dairy when they infringe on the rights and well-being of my friends and neighbors. I will not go into the specifics of what was said, as much of it is unprintable anyway.

I will take this opportunity to respond to Mr. E. and all who may read this. I understand now that there may be rumors floating around out there that are based on a great deal of “the excrement of bull,” a phrase coined by Mr. Daily, past director of the ODA.

I do support family farms.

I do not support factory farms and their ilk.

I do support sustainable agriculture.

I do not not support industrial agriculture where you have 1,750 cows on 80 acres of land,

I will continue to monitor, document, and report findings that have a negative impact on my friends and neighbors and our communities.

I will continue to work with others in our community, our state, and/or country to support family farms and sustainable agriculture.

– David L. Blesing, Sr.
Citizen U.S.A.
Fulton County, Ohio

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