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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.

Planned power outage 6.13

Written by David Green.

Closed Thursday.

That’s what you’ll find throughout much of Morenci tomorrow when Consumers Energy shuts off the lights to take care of a major maintenance project.

Many downtown businesses will be closed during the power outage Thursday, however, a survey of a few business owners shows that  some will remain open.

At Borchardt Brothers Market, the generator will be fired up to keep the freezers cold, so the doors will remain open.

“As long as I’ve got to have power, I might as well be open,” Bill Borchardt said. “I hope it will be a service to the town.”

Details:

Post cards sent to Consumers Energy customers last week stated the planned blackout is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Consumers spokesperson Terry DeDoes doesn’t expect much deviation from that plan.

Eight hours are scheduled, he said, and the company is generally quite accurate in its predictions.

The work Thursday is designed to prevent a problem in the future, DeDoes explained.

There’s one main electrical feed into Morenci, entering town on the north side after working its way down from the Hudson area. Two poles supporting the lines are becoming increasingly close to the edge of Bean Creek due to bank erosion. One is located north of the city sewage lagoons and the other is located farther north. Continuing erosion of the creek bank will endanger the stability of both poles.

 What to do?

A planned power outage? How convenient is that? No rooting around for candles and matches or flashlights and batteries, no wishing you had made dinner earlier.

When the lights and everything else electrical go out in Morenci and environs tomorrow, residents can plan where they’re going to be. And, anticipating a free day, some already have.

Where will you be when the lights go out? What are you going to do when there’s no power on Thursday?


Head to somewhere where there’s lots of power.

– Curley Girdham


I’m going to the county library. I just got to figure out where it is.

– William Reid

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