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.

ODA responds to manure issue 10.10

Written by David Green.

An article in last week’s Observer  addressed the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s concerns about Vreba-Hoff Dairy transporting 687,000 gallons of liquid manure from the two Michigan farms to the Chesterfield Dairy east of Morenci.

A response to some questions addressed to the ODA arrived after the paper went to press.

A letter from the ODA to Vreba-Hoff dated Aug. 31 faulted the manure transport because the treatment system at Chesterfield was not operational, not “pre-charged” before use and not yet approved by the ODA, as required by a transport agreement written in April.

Bill Schwaderer, public information officer for the ODA’s livestock environmental permitting program, responded by saying, “Chesterfield had sufficient storage to accept the manure and the separation and treatment system is functional.”

No explanation was given about why the ODA decided to approve the transport  after the Aug. 31 letter, even though it violated the transport agreement.

Schwaderer stated that the ground water pumping test conducted by Dragun Corporation was completed before the Oct. 1 deadline and data is being reviewed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The test was ordered due to concerns about a sufficient supply of water from the aquifer tapped for farm use and also used by some residents in the area.

Schwaderer also confirmed that the Chesterfield Dairy’s sand separation system and manure treatment system became operational last week.

Finally, Schwaderer said that contaminated storm water impounded in a woods at the Chesterfield Dairy was removed and placed into the treatment system.

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