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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.

Sour Slam to play at festival 2011.09.08

Written by David Green.

band.sour_slamWho knows how long Rick Bailey and Randy Sentle have been playing rock and roll together?

“I was probably 18 and he was 16,” Rick said. “We go way back.”

The pair of Fayette musicians are together again with a band named Sour Slam—one of three bands featured Sept. 17 at this year’s Music Fest in Fayette.

The band formed about a year ago when Rick returned from Florida. He played in bands while he was in the south, and some of the current members of Sour Slam played together in northwest Ohio during his absence.

Rick plays drums with the band and Randy takes rhythm and lead guitar. Another Fayette resident, Matt Carnicom, is the group’s vocalist. Dave Perez of Stryker handles the bass and Dan from Archbold has the lead guitar.

Rick said the classic rock band has played most every weekend over the summer, including at Melody’s, Anchor Bay, Waldron, Stryker and Defiance.

The group has proven popular, Rick said.

“Every time we play, they usually have us back the next month. I’d play every day if I could.”

This year’s event will be moved from Fayette’s running track north to the ball diamond. It was also scheduled a little later in the year.

That way, said Dale Bates of Fayette’s Sons of the American Legion, softball games are over and the field lights can be used. In the past, lights had to be rented at the track.

The Sons group has joined with the Fayette Park Board to help organize the event.

The stage will likely be positioned between home plate and the pitching mound and audience members will sit in the outfield.

The Friends for the Fields will sponsor a chicken barbecue and the Legion Ladies Auxiliary is selling tacos. The Sons and the Park Board will offer roast pork, bratwurst, hamburgers and hot dogs. Beer and soft drinks will also be available.

Corn hole boards are being collected for additional entertainment while the bands play.

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