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.

Becky Bismack: Consumers Energy operator 2008.07.10

Written by David Green.

Becky Bismack of Morenci has accepted the utility worker position at Consumers Energy's Adrian Service Center.

Previously, Bismack worked nearly 10 years as a residential meter reader for the utility.

Her current title is the first step in the sub-metro apprenticeship program. There are four steps to achieving the final journeyman operator position, and it takes a minimum of three years to progress through the program. Journeyman operators are on call seven days a week at all hours and are the first responders during storms or other emergencies that affect substations.becky.bismack.jpg

Out of 55 operators covering Consumers Energy's service territory, there are six women—including Bismack —currently working in the operations department.

Bismack is working in the three counties of the Adrian service area, where she is part of a crew that inspects on a monthly basis each of the nearly four dozen substations in the area.

Her duties include scrutinizing large substation meters that give information about temperature, amperage, voltage and the status of equipment inside the substation. She now works around lines that may carry 138,000 volts. The meters she read in and around Morenci in her previous position at Consumers Energy were typically 110-volt.

“Becky is a good problem solver—that's a good trait to have in her new position,” said Steve McDonald, Bismack’s supervisor. “Part of her job is to inspect substation equipment and to work with electric line workers to help prevent power outages.”

Bismack grew up in Morenci just a half block away from the Morenci substation. She began working for Consumers Energy in August 1998.

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