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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.

Cicada killer wasps make annual return 2012.07.25

Written by David Green.

cicada killerNo matter what you call them—cicada killers or sand hornets—the two-inch wasps look pretty scary.

Anna Kerns brought a deceased cicada killer into the Observer office Monday with the intent of warning other residents to be on the lookout—particularly children running barefoot through the grass.

The large wasps are often spotted this time of the year buzzing around their nests—a burrow dug in the ground by the females. Male wasps aggressively defend the nesting area, but they have no stingers. They appear to be ready to attack anything that moves, but their only concern is other male wasps. Males can jab with a sharp spine, but they’re not capable of stinging.

In fact, some people refer to the wasps as “gentle giants” that aren’t really interested in humans at all. They tend to fly away when swatted at rather than attack, but their fast-moving presence easily causes concern.

The females will sting, however, if stepped on or caught in clothing. Otherwise, a sting is unlikely. Anyone allergic to bee stings should seek medical attention.

Cicadas killers prefer dry, sandy soil and may be controlled by keeping your lawn well watered, especially in the area where they’re burrowing.

The wasps make their appearance when the calls of the cicada are heard. The female wasp will sting a cicada and bring it the nest for the wasp larvae to consume. The adult wasps feed on flower nectar.

Get brave and place a chair near a nest. Eventually you’ll see a large wasp carrying a cicada and dragging it underground to feed the children.

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