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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.

Julie Bodette raising alpacas 2012.09.26

Written by David Green.

alpaca.3Morenci graduate Julie (Buechner) Bodette fell in love with alpacas back in the 1990s and she's willing to share her love Sunday when she takes part in the annual National Alpaca Farm Day event.

Julie has a herd of 26 alpacas on her Summer Meade Farm near Swanton, but that number will soon change. 

"I have three babies on the way," she said. "Hopefully one and maybe all three will be born by farm day."

A baby alpaca, by the way, is known as a cria.

Alpaca breeders from across the nation will open their farms Sunday for the public to get a close-up visit with the unique animals. Various products made from alpaca fiber will be displayed and available for purchase, and spinning and weaving demonstrations will be given by an artisan. Bodette will explain why she believes why the alpaca business "is perfect for environmentally conscious individuals who own small acreage." She founded Sunny Meade in 1998.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The farm is located at 7770 Providence Neapolis Swanton Rd., south of Swanton.

p.alpaca.2To learn more, visit the Sunny Meade Alpacas, Ltd. web site, www.allthingsalpacaonline.com, or the farm's Facebook page.

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