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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.

Tom Spiess: Many working together for success 2011.10.05

Written by David Green.

Congratulations to those Fayette and area residents who work tirelessly to sponsor events that benefit our community.

Even though the weather was not as cooperative this year as in past years, the community groups and individuals that stepped  up to organize, support and operate the 2011 Bull-thistle Festival, the Music Fest and the Fall Fest are to be congratulated and thanked for their efforts.

Each of the aforementioned events afforded community organizations an opportunity to develop support for the projects they sponsor while at the same time enjoying the fellowship of neighbors and friends.

Dollars raised at these events have gone a long way toward making our community “livable.”  Think of all of the facilities and opportunities we enjoy that are funded by income earned at these events.

If you don’t know how community organizations use their funds, simply ask someone in the organization or join the efforts by lending a hand.

Also, if you are looking for community leaders, stop by a booth and look into the faces of those dipping the ice cream, making the French fries, directing the parade, setting up the stage, mixing the milk shakes, operating the games, serving the coleslaw, marking the spaces, posting the flyers or simply lending a hand.

Too often we hear cynics suggest that there are better and smarter ways to support our community. The door is always open for new ideas and efforts.

– Tom Spiess

County Road S, Fayette

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