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.

Mary Ferris finishes up an old knitting job 2.13

Written by David Green.

It’s good that Dot Dister was in no hurry to get a pair of home-made woolen socks. She had to wait a few years to slip on this pair.

Dot’s mother started knitting the socks decades ago, but never got the job completed before she died in 1976.

Dot held on to the unfinished pair—one  sock completed just below the ankle, the other with half of the foot finished—and she recently showed them to Mary Ferris, an avid knitter.

Mary decided these socks needed to be finished. Dot is a knitter, also, but she wasn’t up to this task. Mary was willing, even though she’s recovering from a broken arm.

She took the socks home and started in on the project that took about three weeks to complete.

The first step was to unravel the sock that was the furthest along so they were both the same length. This gave Mary some of the original yarn to use, although it wouldn’t be enough to complete the job. She solved that problem by interspersing some of the original yarn with new to maintain color continuity.

Mary points out the ripply appearance of the original yarn she unraveled and knitted again. After 32 years, it wasn’t about to lay flat again.

Mary finished the project Thursday and presented the socks to Dot on Friday. Of course Dot was delighted and looked forward to slipping them on.

In case she wears a hole in the heel, Mary will be ready with needles in hand. She still has a small ball of the original yarn for a repair job.

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