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.

2012.07.18 Anna Frame: Bothered by Fayette's wind turbine

Written by David Green.

An editorial in last week’s Observer suggested that Seneca Township residents should visit a wind farm in order to make an informed vote on the ordinance referendum. It also suggested going beyond Fayette’s school turbine and visiting a really large one.

That’s not necessary, says Anna Frame who lives on Gregory Street in Fayette—the closest road to the west of the turbine.

“It’s a pain in the neck,” she said in a telephone call last week. “This is no way to live.”

The turbine isn’t noisy every day, she said, but when it is, it’s very annoying and brings an end to the simple joy of sitting outside in her yard. There are many times when the wind comes up in the night and the turbine awakens her and her husband—and he’s hard of hearing.

She said the shadow flicker is very bad in her house, but even when the sun isn’t in the right position to cause that, there’s often a reflection from the blades and that means closing the blinds.

“Sometimes I feel like I’m living in a cave,” she said.

She said that in the winter, ice is often thrown from the blades.

Anna said she read in the Observer about the stress Fayette’s superintendent Russ Griggs was feeling when the turbine wasn’t functioning.

“If you want stress,” she said, “come and sit in my living room.”

She said Seneca Township residents should feel fortunate that they have the opportunity to vote on an ordinance because in Fayette no one was asked.

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