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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 council faces big decision over sewer plan 9.19

Written by David Green.

Fayette village council members face a big decision Sept. 27, a decision that could determine how the village approaches the next 20 years of working with the Ohio EPA regarding sewer issues.

“This is the most important decision you’ll make in a long time,” village administrator Tom Spiess told councilors at last Thursday’s meeting.

At the next meeting, council must decide on a plan to submit to the Ohio EPA to begin negotiations. This would cover the scope of the project and the sequence of work.

The Ohio EPA has given the village 20 years to reduce overflows to four a year. Overflows occur when precipitation causes the combined septic/storm water system to spill into a tributary of Deer Creek.

The system is designed to overflow after heavy rain events, Spiess said, but separating the storm water from the septic waste will reduce the number of spills.

A preferred plan needs to be distilled down to a document ready for submission to the Ohio EPA and a public hearing will be scheduled in November.

The project shouldn’t be a shock to people if they’ve read the newspapers, Spiess said, and if council members have discussed the issue with residents.

Options could include continuing the effort to separate storm water from septic waste (sewer separation) one small segment at a time or jumping into larger projects.

The village must negotiate with the Ohio EPA about an acceptable plan, Spiess noted, adding that the agency might not approve council’s preferred plan.

The decision facing council isn’t about cost, he said, because that should remain similar with any approach—an estimated $4.2 million. Instead, council has to decide how it wants to get the job done.

 

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