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.

Fayette council 11.14

Written by David Green.

Testing of Fayette’s village water supply indicates the system is providing an adequate flow.

The village conducted two water flow tests after school construction officials spoke last month about insufficient water flow for operation of the fire suppressant system.

Jim Price of the Buehrer Group architectural firm told Gorham Fayette school board members that the water system is 118 gallons a minute short of supplying an adequate flow.

He said the fire suppressant system was based on data supplied by the village, which indicated an adequate supply of water.

That data was collected for an ISO insurance rating at a location about 4,000 feet from the new school site.

In response to the problem, village workers made sure valves were fully opened on the system and then checked the flow at a hydrant on Renn Drive west of the school and on the same water line that serves the school.

Village utilities director Bob Seigneur obtained readings of about 650 gallons a minute. On Nov. 6, personnel from the City of Wauseon tested the flow with a different measuring system and obtained similar results. The figures obtained were about the same as the ISO data collected years ago that was given to the school construction team.

Spiess told council members Thursday the village water system appears to be functioning as designed.

“It was verified in a couple of different ways and we think we’re in good shape,” he said later.

It’s an old system, he added, but it’s moving water efficiently.

Spiess said the village remains willing to assist in working toward a solution.

NEXT MEETING—Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the next regular meeting was moved to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the village hall.

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