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.

Fayette school replicas on sale 9.06

Written by David Green.

When Fayette’s elementary school principal Dr. LuAnn Boyer visited Montpelier’s school, she saw a display of the district’s old buildings that preceded the new school.

With Fayette approaching a similar situation—the demolition of the high school and the possible sale of the Franklin building—she wanted to commemorate the Fayette school buildings somehow.

When she mentioned the idea in the superintendent’s office, Molly Graf came through with the solution. Dr. Boyer thought the suggestion was the cat’s meow.

Or make that Cat’s Meow—the company that creates small, commemorative replicas of buildings.

Dr. Boyer moved forward with the project. She spoke with Jerry Schaffner about taking photos of the two buildings. She obtained the history of the Franklin building from John Winzeler. The orders were placed and the buildings are now on sale.

The wooden replicas are available for $15 each at either school office plus the Normal Memorial Library.

As with all Cat’s Meow items, there’s also Casper, the black cat trademark seen on every piece.

The back side of each model includes a brief history of the building. The Franklin school, for example, has been in operation for 70 years and first opened as a township school. New classrooms were added in 1958.

The high school building was completed in 1929, with additions constructed in 1953, 1973 and 1997.

 

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