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.

Brett Merillat earns Eagle Scout award 7.25

Written by David Green.

Boy Scout Brett Merillat was presented with a challenge and he met it. His success led to a long-held dream of becoming an Eagle Scout.

The Hudson resident will celebrate his achievement Aug. 18 at ceremony in Morenci.

Brett wasn’t a Cub Scout for long before setting his sights on earning the Eagle badge. As he worked his way up through Scouting’s ranks, it was finally time to develop an Eagle project.

Brett worked with the Lenawee County Chapter of the American Red Cross to do more than just organize a blood drive; he was challenged to double the usual amount of donations at Morenci bloodmobile visit.

With the help of other Scouts in Morenci’s Troop 681, the challenge was met—despite the added challenge of a power outage the day of the drive in 2006.

Brett was a member of the Hudson’s Scout group through the first four years of Boy Scouts. When Hudson Troop 650 discontinued, he joined Morenci’s troop to finish out his Scouting career.

The 16-year-old is a senior at Hudson High School and intends to become a mathematics or science teacher. He is the son of Gene and Kathy Merillat.

• Friends of Brett are invited to attend his Eagle Scout ceremony at the Morenci Church of the Nazarene at 2 p.m. Aug. 18.

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