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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Vreba-Hoff Dairy runs afoul with ODA 10.3

Written by David Green.

Vreba-Hoff Dairy has angered environmentalists over discharges of contaminated water, the Michigan DEQ over failure to comply with state law and to respond to its orders for a better operation, many Medina Township residents over road damage, the Lenawee County Road Commission over failure to pay the requested amount for the repair of damaged roads, and several citizens in the Morenci area over continuous hauling of liquid manure during a weekend in August.

Is there anyone else to add?

Try the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

That agency is considering enforcement action for unauthorized use of the Chesterfield Dairy—relating to the Aug. 27 to 29 movement of 678,000 gallons of manure from the two dairies northwest of Morenci to the dairy on Fulton County Road 14, a facility where Vreba-Hoff Dairy Development is serving as consultant and developer.

Vreba-Hoff Dairy Development and operator Karel Vande Kolk were notifed Aug. 31 by the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) that they failed to comply with a manure transport contingency plan developed in April 2007. The plan cleared the way for moving manure from the two Vreba-Hoff dairies to Chesterfield, providing five conditions were met.

According to the ODA, the Chesterfield Dairy failed to have a fully operational anaerobic treatment system approved for use before manure was received. In addition, the nutrient analysis of the manure transported into Ohio was not provided within the specified time.

“The terms of the contingency plan could not be made clearer,” said Kevin Elder in the letter.

• Update: The ODA is not pursuing enforcement action and has not responded to questions about why the agency decided to ignore the transport contingency plan.

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