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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.
  • Family.3.wide
    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.
  • Front.lift
    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.

Class learns to make sushi 2009.01.07

Written by David Green.

Rice, vegetables, fish...but hold the seaweed, please.sushi.plate.jpg

Dried seaweed was probably the least popular item on the serving table last month when Nina Howard taught a class in Morenci on sushi making.

Howard, who coordinates the Japanese exchange program for the Lenawee Intermediate School District mentioned at a meeting of school art teachers that she’s taught LISD staff members how to make sushi.

When she offered her services to the teachers, Morenci Area High School instructor Kym Ries jumped at the opportunity. Her Art Club members were involved in a series of programs called “Food as Art” and she knew that sushi would fit right in.

Howard agreed.

“I doubt if any culture in the world is more serious about the food/art connection than the Japanese,” she said.

People hear the word “sushi” and they think  of raw fish, but that’s not accurate. Sashimi (raw fish) is often used in sushi, but sushi doesn’t necessarily include fish.

It doesn’t have to include seaweed, either, although the dried sheets help hold the creation together and when placed inside a layer of rice, the dark seaweed adds the important element of color variation.sushi.makers.jpg

Food as art, Howard says.

Students learned to make an ultra thin omelet that can be cut into strips and used as decoration or stuffed with ingredients and tied to look like a gift package.

They also tried their hand at using a sushi forming box—a good choice for beginners—and at making maki, the traditional rolled sushi.

And if the seaweed is a tough concept to swallow, there’s always the pickled ginger. A bite of that acidic item serves as a palate cleanser to prepare for the next variety of sushi.

“Itada-kimasu!”

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