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 councilor Craig Rower looks at green energy 1.30.08

Written by David Green.

Somewhere down the road, Fayette village council member Craig Rower hopes to see alternative energy options at work in Fayette.

As a member of the Fulton County Planning Commission, Rower reported to council members Thursday about the commission’s Jan. 22 meeting.

Rower will join Fulton County commissioners in February on a trip to Wood County to visit several solar installations.

A story in the Toledo Blade in December told about the optimistic attitude of the director of Ohio’s Department of Development regarding solar energy. He believes Northwest Ohio could become the solar capital of the Midwest due to the amount of research and manufacturing relating to solar energy.

Fulton County Regional Planning  Commission director Steve Brown agrees that solar energy development looks good for the area, noting there are so many new materials available compared to only a few years ago.

Brown wasn’t quite as optimistic about wind power in the area due to large start-up costs.

Rower talked about a test project that would collect wind data in Fayette and in the Lyons/Metamora area. After a year, the data would be analyzed to determine if erecting turbines would make sense in the area.

Brown said the study would cost about $15,000, although no funding is secured for the project. Green Energy Ohio will fund four test sites through the Ohio Anemometer Loan Program. The deadline to apply for funding is March 31.

In Michigan, the Lenawee County Commissioners pledged $20,000 in December to conduct wind turbine feasibility studies. General data for the area shows a lack of sufficient wind for energy production, but studies have not been conducted in specific areas. Lenawee’s study will collect data at the 50-meter height for one year.

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