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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.

Calvin Teal publishes book about U.S.20 2011.07.13

Written by David Green.

twin.curves.stateionOnce Calvin Teal began collecting material for a book about U.S. 20, the photographs started rolling in. And so did the contacts.

He would speak to one person who directed him to a relative who had photos who sent him on to someone else with material.

He ended up learning much more about the road than he thought existed—and that’s just from Assumption to Fayette.

Calvin was interested in just that small portion of the cross-country highway, and even from that limited stretch he ended up with more material than he had room for in his book that should end up with close to 70 pages.

Calvin sought information about restaurants, service stations and other businesses along the road that no longer exist. It took some searching.

“I knocked on a lot of doors,” he said, and knocking was just the beginning.

The challenge was getting to know people well enough—or rather allowing them to get to know him—so they would trust him to borrow important photographs and bring them back unharmed.

Calvin started his project four years ago—four long years ago.

“It seems like it was just taking forever,” he said.

He’s very disappointed that two people who offered a lot of help with the project—Bill Miller of Lyons and David Lauffer of Bryan—are no longer alive to view the book.

Calvin’s related book—a pictorial history of State Route 120 from Berkey to Munson—might happen and it might not. He’s not sure that he’s ready to dive in again so soon.

“We’ll see how this first one goes,” he said, “and then maybe I’ll get cracking on it.”

BOOK ORDERS—“U.S. Rt. 20 on the Run, Then and Now” is in the final proofreading stages and should be ready for purchase before September. He expects a book-signing session will be arranged at some date, but  area readers can place an early order for the book and save some money.

Pre-publication order forms are available at the Fayette library to request a copy for $12. After the book is published, the regular price will be $17.

Completed forms and payment should be sent to the Metamora Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 174, Metamora OH 43540.

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