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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.

Church members attack this year's makeover 2012.11.21

Written by David Green.

makeover.flooringThis year's Extreme Home Makeover—Our Lady of Mercy Style—came to Morenci for a weekend renovation project that made an aging property almost like new inside.

Someone from the parish nominates a home for the annual project, explained Anita VanZile who helps organize the event, and the recipient is generally a member of the Fayette church.

That was the case this year when Kathy Dwyer's Walnut Street home was chosen.

"Kathy is one of those people who volunteers whenever she sees the need," Anita said. "She's always offering time and assistance, and everything she does is as a volunteer."

This year her giving turned to receiving as members of Our Lady of Mercy teamed with Archbold's St. Peter's church to make Kathy's house shine.

In the living room, the old carpet was removed and wood flooring was installed after the room was painted. New flooring was laid in the kitchen and laundry room, and the bathroom ended up with a new floor and a new tub/shower.

Exterior work included repairing eaves-troughs and siding, and involved some painting on the unseasonably warm day.

"It looks amazing," Anita said. "It really looks very warm and inviting. It was a very fulfilling project."

Anita said the planning committee always optimistically looks at a one-day project, but it generally takes two or three days to complete the work.

"It's always more than what you think it's going to be," she said, “but it's always a satisfactory achievement.”

This year 33 people were involved in the project, ranging from construction workers to children. That figure includes the kitchen workers at the United Methodist Church who prepared and served a meal.

For the seventh year in a row, the effort was deemed a success.

"For a little bit of money and a weekend, we can make a big difference in someone's life."

You won't hear an argument from Kathy.

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