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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.

Lanny Simpkins builds model of Grandpa's house 2011.03.02

Written by David Green.

house_overviewEvery so often Lanny Simpkins hears the question “Have you made anything new yet?”

He’s mostly had to say “no” over the last couple of years, but his answer changed recently.

Now he has a new model of his grandfather’s farmhouse that once stood near Ogden Center.

The house will join his models of a barn and a few outbuildings for display at this year’s annual conference of the Michigan Barn Preservation Network.

Dan Creyts of Charlotte, a board member of the group, saw Lanny’s display last summer at the Thresher’s Convention in Wauseon. Creyts wanted that barn on display for this year’s conference March 11-12 at the Kellogg Center on the MSU campus.

Lanny’s grandfather, Fred Shaffer, lived in the house west of Ogden Center until he left to live in a nursing home. The home deteriorated over the next few years, Lanny said, and was eventually demolished. Not a trace of the home site remains.

Not a photograph remains, either, as far as Lanny knows, so his miniature construction is based completely on his memory.

interior“I’m sure I forgot something,” Lanny said, “but it’s pretty close.”

Lanny started the project in early December and completed the two-story house last week. He fabricated pieces from poplar and pine, and only purchased Plexiglass for the windows.

Lanny still needs to build the little coal shed to complete his grandpa’s homestead, but at least one other important feature is complete. He built the three-hole outhouse long ago.

• Programs at this year’s Michigan Barn Preservation Network conference include a photographic display of heritage barns; agritourism; preserving heritage barns in miniature; finding hidden treasures at a farm site; restoration case studies; historical markers; and more.

To register for the conference, visit the website www.mibarn.net.

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