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.

2012.10.17 Jo Ann Singles-Rotzien: Observer enjoyed from cover to cover

Written by David Green.

Congratulations to the State Line Observer for another top award of Newspaper of the Year. I agree with the guest editorial that local community papers are very worthwhile to a community. One of my favorite things is to read the Observer from cover to cover and I usually start with Colleen's column which is my favorite.  I feel that I have shared so much with the Green family over the years as I read their family joys and yarns of two generations.

Now...this last paper had me in stitches. As I read David's column last week on "the home gymnasium," I began to picture the description of a guy lying on the floor with his head under his living room coffee table and that was funny and then I read about the Towel Curl where you hold your wife’s towel to form a loop for the foot. What if someone doesn't have a wife?

But the last directions where you pull a chair up to the table and place one foot on the chair and another foot is held in place above the chair just got to me.

I began this huge body shaking belly laugh as I read down the column. I read it again with the same results.

Our imagination is a wonderful thing and laughing out loud is a good experience. Reading the Observer is always a favorite thing.

 – Jo Ann Singles-Rotzien

Chasapeake Dr., Adrian, Mich.

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