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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Give me some static...for the county fair 2012.07.25

Written by David Green.

fair.edwardBy DAVID GREEN

When people think about 4-H county fair projects, steers, hogs, sheep and chickens often come to mind. That’s not the case for Edward Hollstein of the State Line Hustlers.

Edward takes a different approach to fair competitions. He heads to the kitchen to create award-winning apple pie.

Edward entered an apple pie again this year in the 4-H static competition, but he also branched out to give jams a try. He turned in jars of strawberry and black raspberry, but he thinks his apricot is the best.

In his first year with 4-H—two county fairs ago—Edward’s pie won a blue ribbon and his bird house took a red ribbon. He entered only food competition this year, but he hopes to submit something in addition to food next summer.

“I’ll take an apple pie and some jam,” he said, “and hopefully I’ll make something out of wood or metal.”

His sister, Mary Margaret, entered a painting last year and won Extra Special Honors. She took another one over this year, and, although it was something she liked, it didn’t garner an award from judges.

Briana Green of the Medina Pioneers took a different direction this year and entered an essay about the culture of the Cherokee Native Americans.

fair.lauren flowersThis year marks the first time State Line Hustler Lauren Taylor brought an animal to the fair, but she remained active in static projects.

In the past she’s competed in rockets, crocheting, photography and sewing. She won Extra Special Honors last year with a floriculture project, and she repeated that this year using an old tool box for a container garden.

Lauren also worked with her grandfather, Paul Taylor, to create her name out of bolts, U-clamps and other pieces of metal. 

Her third entry was a wooden treasure box bank made from a kit.

Now in her fourth year of 4-H after Cloverbuds, Lauren decided it was time to give animals a try and she raised hogs in an old barn on the family’s property in Munson.

She’s delighted to be using the tack box and cane that her father, Joey, used when he was in 4-H many years ago.

Taylor and Carolyn Gould created a variety of static projects for the fair. For Carolyn, it’s only her second year as a Cloverbud.

She and Taylor both made American flags out of craft supplies and they both made wreaths from plastic sandwich bags and a bow.

The girls also tried their cooking skills—Rollo Delight cookies for Carolyn and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for Taylor. Taylor also built a dog house.

As the older sister, this is her second year out of Cloverbuds and she raised a feeder calf for the livestock competition.

It was a lot of work, she said, and she’s hoping it will result in a ribbon when the animals are judged today (Wednesday).

 

 

Static competition is offered for 4-H members in needlework, sewing, baked goods, canned goods, crafts, woodworking, photography, antiques, seed and corn, vegetables, floriculture and horticulture. Several categories are offered within each class.

 

Open class competition features several new classes this year also offered for static projects in plastic models; mixed media, mosaic and three-dimensional fine arts; 21 new antiques categories; artistic floral arrangement using purchased flowers; handspun needlework; nine new photography classes; new culinary arts classes for pickles, dough art  and candy display; and lost arts demonstrations.

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