The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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.

Fayette home tour #4: Figgins house

Written by David Green.

tour.figginsWhat a great place to grow up. The park was across one street, the library across the other, the school was just up the hill, and the basement was big enough for bicycle riding.

Bev Figgins has lots of memories from growing up in the brick ranch house on Allen Street with her brother, Mike, and sisters Barb and Cindy.

Her parents, Edward and Grace, had the house built after they saw the design in the Toledo Blade’s “House of the Week” feature in 1970. The Figgins ordered the floor plans and hired Curtis Keefer to build the four-bedroom house. In 1971, the Figgins clan moved in.

“Our family home was the host for gatherings for my dad’s brothers and sisters for the annual Memorial Day picnic, Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Mike said.

There’s a good size back yard, Bev said, but the family gatherings were always in front.

“We would set up things in the garage and have tables in the driveway,” she said.

Entertainment was always close by. They caught glimpses of the Memorial Day Marathon softball tournament from the front porch and walked over for a close-up now and then.

For many years the annual fireworks display was set off in the park and once again, the Figgins had front-row seats.

The house has remained vacant since Ed died nearly two years ago and home tour visitors will see furnishing in just two rooms, for the most part. This gives prospective buyers an idea of how the house could appear.

There are also plenty of holiday decorations in place for the tour, including a Christmas tree with a fishing theme and another decorated in a Victorian style. There’s also a toy train room and the kitchen is decorated with snowmen.

All four of the Figgins “kids” got together to decorate, along with Mike’s wife, Daun.

“Mom was always a big decorator,” Bev said.

And about the bicycles in the basement?

The house has a full basement and when cold weather arrived, Bev and Barb would take their bikes down the stairs and do laps in the basement.

What a great place to grow up.

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