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.

Youth group hikes five miles with cross 3.26

Written by David Green.

In 13 years of Good Friday walks, this year’s tops them all for weather conditions.

“We have walked in light rain and snow flurries,” said Our Lady of Mercy church youth leader Anita Van Zile, “however, this year’s snowstorm tops the list for the worse weather.”

She walked from Harrison Lake State Park into Fayette with nearly 20 church members—mostly from the youth group—just as Friday’s snowstorm unleashed its fury.

“We average about 30 participants annually, but one year had close to 60 people,” Van Zile said. “In good weather, we have had baby strollers with toddlers, and also some senior citizens. Bad weather definitely reduces the numbers.”

Van Zile was aware of a Good Friday walk tradition in Carey, Ohio, and she wanted to bring it closer to home. The first year, in 1996, the Fayette Community Walk for Life started at the home of Jane and Bob Momyer and covered seven miles on the way into town. She cut it down to five miles by moving the start to the south shelter house at Harrison Lake.

A lenten lunch is eaten at Willie and Lucy Rodriguez’s home on the way into town, with food donated by parishioners.

Along the way, walkers take turns carrying a large cross made by Ron Eisel from trees in his woods.

Jerry Van Zile drove in front of the walkers Friday for safety in the snowstorm and Dorothy McDowell took her usual place at the back of the pack. Members of the church youth group help organize the annual event, Van Zile said, giving them exposure to working with the church.

“The walk is a sign of our respect for life and to recognize that life is a gift from God,” Van Zile said. “We invite others to walk with us, carry the weight of the wood and take time for reflection while doing so. The day is intended to share in friendships, for reflection and to make Good Friday something special.”

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