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.

Blaine Baker give Farm Bureau award 1.9

Written by David Green.

A Clayton area farmer was honored as the volunteer of the month by the Michigan Farm Bureau.

Blaine Baker, who owns a 400-head dairy farm with his wife, Barbara, was recognized for his “outstanding and multi-faceted work as an active ambassador for Michigan’s agriculture industry.”

A fifth-generation farmer, Baker is described as having made progressive strides in environmental stewardship by implementing an innovative below-ground irrigation system. Wash water from the milking parlor is captured, settled, filtered, treated for pathogens and used to water field crops via a system of underground irrigation pipes.

Baker has served as a host for several visits with local officials and has helped organize educational farm tours with the Lenawee Ag Council. He worked with neighboring county Farm Bureaus to propose changes to the permitting process for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

At the county level, he served six years on the Lenawee County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, including two years as county president. He currently chairs the county’s state affairs committee and is active on its action teams charged with monitoring the progress of state-level legislation regarding water use and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP).

Baker is also active at the state level, regularly taking agricultural issues straight to lawmakers by taking part in Michigan Farm Bureau’s Lansing Legislative Seminar. He also serves on the bureau’s Grain Advisory Committee and the Natural and Environmental Resources Advisory Committee.

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