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.

2013.01.30 Correspondence

Written by David Green.

SEARS HOME: A recent mention of the missing Sears kit home in Fayette brought two responses, but neither led to the discovery of the Milton style kit.

Dale Fether called from Florida to point out that Betty Weaver on County Road N lives in a Sears home. Betty's house was featured in an Observer story last June. She didn't have proof that it was a Sears home, but Dale’s story backs up her claim.

We also received an anonymous letter suggesting that a house on County Road 26 north of the campground was a Sears home, so a photograph was sent to Rosemary Thornton, an expert on the Sears Modern Home.

No such thing, she said. It's not like any Sears home she's ever seen.

It seems more and more likely that the Milton model home—that was once advertised by Sears as standing in Fayette—is no longer to be found.

BEAVER DAMS: 

Several comments we heard about the beaver trapping story in the Jan. 23 Observer were along the lines of this: “I would love to see a live beaver in a stream, not hung up dead on a pole.”

On the other hand, the Fulton County Engineer’s Office was pleased to read the account.

“We too have been keeping an eye on the beaver activity in Iron Creek, and were glad to see the success of the trapping,” wrote Brinda Miller from the engineer’s office.

Iron Creek represents a portion of the more than 400 miles of streams and ditches the agency maintains with projects including brush removal, channel dip out and leveling of fill material.

“We were made aware of the beaver activity in November of last year, so we went out and observed their dams and one of their dens,” Miller wrote. “We were amazed that they had located in this creek, and we knew that their dams would eventually need to be removed.”

She said dams and other obstructions are expected to be removed starting in March.

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