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.

Neal V. Singles Memorial 5K run results 9.26

Written by David Green.

More than 250 people participated in the second annual Neal V. Singles Memorial run and walk Sunday morning, bringing more than $3,500 to the Neal V. Singles Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Organizers would like to have seen even more participants in this year’s run, but they were impressed with the quality of those participating.

“Even though we didn’t have as large a crowd of runners, the ones who came were awesome competitors,” said Jackie Schaffner. “Some Morenci students who never competed in a running event before posted very impressive times.”

Heather Whitehouse, who coordinated the event with Schaffner and Drew Stella, was delighted with the volunteer help.

“The entire event ran smoothly with the help of literally dozens of volunteers,” she said. “It was easier this year, since so many of our workers also helped last year.”

It was the second year of beautiful running weather, also, she noted.

One thing that gives the event a unique characteristic is the breakfast served to participants.

“We can’t thank the Church of the Nazarene enough for again putting on the entire pancake breakfast,” Whitehouse said.

The breakfast is made possible in part through the donation of Darin Townsend of Bob Evans who donated the sausage.

A runner from Perrysburg, Ohio, told Schaffner that the shirt designed by Stella was one of the best he’s seen in the many runs in which he’s participated. Positive comments were also heard about the medals.

Runners ranged in age from eight to 76 and traveled from as far away as Grand Marais in the Upper Peninsula to Hurricane, W. Va.

The fastest overall times were recorded by Sally Skeels, 28, of Adrian (19:05; sixth overall) and Sam Skeels, 29, of Adrian (16:15).

Male
11 and under: KC Clegg, 26:31.71.
12-14: John Michael Martinez, 24:37.38; Colin Smith, 26:32.12.
15-18: Billy Neri, 16:27.88; Zach Phillips, 17:37.22; Brett Merillat, 19:31.98.
19-24: Chris Holt, 20:22.56; Ruskin Tansel, 22:10.77; Jamie DeVoe, 22:27.05.
25-29: Scott Walter, 22:53.88.
30-34: Matt Carpenter, 18:25.66; Corey Borck, 29:15.12.
35-59: Tom Romanowski, 17:06.01; Matt Rupp, 22:06.06; John Rorick, 23:28.89.
40-44: John Dominique, 20:02.12; Keith Stowell, 22:24.59; Tim Pinkelman, 22:46.72.
45-49: Bob Bridges, 19:35.17; Tim Speed, 23:43.25; Douglas Curry, 29:57.73.
50-54: Dave Eichler, 21:21.67; Terry Kotalik, 21:24.48; Jim Singles, 30:14.92.
55-59: Ron Carpenter, 19:51.54; Tom MacNaughton, 20:08.10; Rich Wilkins, 22:28.97.
60-69: Jerome Tomc, 25:25.87; Jim Driskill, 34:16.44; Doyce Rupp, 46:11.67.
70 and over: Bernie Marvin, 25:15.12; Everett Luoma, 29:36.28; Ed Torrance, 44:22.35.

Female
11 and under: Carly Truckor, 27:17.28; Madison Gleckler, 27:18.50; Darian Double, 29:35.62.
12-14: Brooke Bovee, 28:06.25; Rachel Sodergren, 28:07.79; Mercedez McCaskey, 28:12.04.
15-18: Dominique Miller, 19:53.56; Melanie Brock, 22:20.73; Haley Neri, 22:53.88.
19-24: Kayse Onweller, 24:57.20; Sarah Hoadley, 28:23.19; Ali Ries, 28:40.43.
25-29: Kristie Jones, 22:45.59; Cassey Fournier, 24:56.58; Carrie Radel, 25:21.05.
30-34: Kassandra Dominique, 22:42.13; Trina Romanowski, 24:45.17; Amy Malek, 25:27.38.
35-39: Jodi McCaskey, 23:28.89; Peggie Haywood, 26:30.08; Erin Anderson, 26:52.04.
40-44: Karen Donahue, 22:29.56; Karen Ely, 52:03.34.
45-49: Karla Bowen, 25:51.02; Kym Ries, 30:24.05; Heidi Drake, 31:07.81.
50-54: Jo Essenmacher, 24:43.70; Kathie Brock, 34:49.47.
55-59: Linda Dusseau, 49:41.97; Shirley Vandesande.
60-69: Shirley Torrance, 28:05.02; Veronica Ottinger, 38:47.50; Theresa Marvin, 39:36.65.

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