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.

"Out of the Box" art show at Stair Public Library 10.3

Written by David Green.

Some art students draw pretty things. Others create...something else.

And what exactly is that? Well, it’s different, says Morenci senior Brittani Wilson.

“It’s not the style that most people do,” she said, trying to describe the work that four students are showing in the Stair Public Library Annex.

The four are calling the show “Out of the Box.”

Don’t expect cheery flowers and trees. You’re more likely to find faces—either in a cartoony animine style or something bordering on the grotesque.

Their collection on display ranges from pen and ink to felt marker and collage.

Most of the work stems from regular class projects, said high school art teacher Kym Ries, but with a different twist.

That’s because the four girls tend to approach assignments with a different perspective.

“If there was a boring assignment,” Wilson said, “we would find a way to make it interesting.”

The themes they choose arise from their experiences, explained Karley Schmidt, a junior.

Ideas sometimes come from a television show or a movie, added junior Paige Ramsey, pointing out a drawing by Schmidt that came to her after watching “Casanova.”

Wilson reels off the names of half a dozen movies that she incorporated into one drawing.

A lot of ideas spring from random thoughts, she said.

“Whatever pops out,” Wilson added.

Schmidt said that some kids in class approach assignments with a different frame of mind.

“They don’t express what’s inside,” she said.

Mrs. Ries often views the group as walking art. Schmidt’s black lace dress, for example, isn’t a style shared by many of her classmates.

“You really live the art,” Mrs. Ries tells the group while working on the library display.

“It’s different from accepted standards,” Wilson said—a statement that covers both their art and their lifestyle.

“Once we know the rules, we break them,” Schmidt adds.

• The works of Paige Ramsey, Brittani Wilson, Karley Schmidt and Savannah Raus-Wuth will appear in the Stair Public Library Annex throughout October. A reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15.

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