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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    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.

Library annex dedicated: Annex named in honor of Liz Stella

Written by David Green.

Morenci has a new community space adjacent to Stair Public Library, and the building even has a new name: the Liz Stella Annex.library_p

Library board members unveiled plaques that will be hung on the front and back of the building to honor the library director for her efforts in working toward construction of the new library and again for renovation of the old library.

Stella was honored Saturday morning at a dedication ceremony that filled the new annex with patrons, guests and well-wishers from the area.

Board president Sally Kruger expressed her thanks to the Fay Foundation for its continued support of the library. A gift of $60,000 from the foundation paid the majority of the renovation costs.

She also thanks the Friends of Stair Public Library for taking care of the cost of floor covering for the annex.

Finally, she recognized the work of city employees who prepared the old library for renovation by removing the mezzanine.

“The library board believes our biggest thanks goes to Liz Stella for her tireless efforts,” Kruger said.liz_stella

Grant writing, fund-raising, pinching pennies—Stella has worked in so many ways toward the realization of both a new library and the renovation of the old, Kruger said.

The director works far beyond her scheduled hours, Kruger pointed out, evidenced by the lights on after closing and the frequent sight of Stella’s van in the parking lot when the library is closed.

Those who remember what the old library used to look like will surely appreciate the new facility dedicated today, Kruger said.

The Liz Stella Annex includes a social area that will also be used for the book sale; a kitchen area; a craft room that will double as an area for library staff to process books; and a public meeting room with seating. New cabinets line one wall of the facility for storage needs.

The renovation project was contracted to the Goodrich Company, with Morenci residents Jeff Ort and Russ Swett completing most of the work.

      – Nov. 27, 2002

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