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.

2012.12.12 Nancy Lavinder: Taking Christ out of Christmas

Written by David Green.

My husband and I attended our granddaughter’s (holiday) program last Tuesday night at the school. The children did a great job, but I was appalled at the content of the program. If the word Christmas was mentioned I missed it.

Our society is so concerned about offending someone. Well, I as a Christian, am offended.

We are no longer supposed to say Merry Christmas, it’s Happy Holidays and it’s not a Christmas program it is a holiday program. Our White House now has a holiday tree instead of a Christmas tree.

All these people that are taking Christ out of Christmas, I’m sure they enjoy the day, days or weeks they have off to celebrate the birth of Christ. We need to remember the reason for the season.

Our country is in a mess. I believe we need to put religion back into our country instead of taking it out.

Merry Christmas and God bless us all!

– Nancy Lavinder

Fayette, Ohio

 

Editor’s note: The event was promoted as the school Christmas program.

In regard to the White House no longer having a Christmas tree, that’s an urban legend that’s been debunked before. Again this year, President Obama received the official Christmas tree.

The rumor apparently started when George W. Bush was president and decorations were submitted for one of the White House trees with the request that no political or religious themes should be used.

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