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.

Food bank use increasing 3.26

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s food bank got a boost recently when the local Boy Scout troop collected food donations from residents.

In Morenci, the stock of supplies is dwindling and new donations are needed.

That’s the state of many food banks in the region, according to the Food Bank Council of Michigan. According to that agency, more and more people are being forced to choose between heat and food.

“There are a few more people coming in asking for help,” said Joy Short, treasurer of Fayette’s St. Vincent de Paul Society. “We helped a lot of people.”

The food bank operated by St. Vincent de Paul now has a good stock of supplies, thanks to the annual effort by the Boys Scouts—and the area residents who donated food to the cause.

The agency offers help after tragedies such as a house fire, but there are often people living in the area or just passing through town who need some help with food or clothing.

The center is open regularly every Thursday, but volunteers also respond whenever called. Sheila Bates and Betty Monahan are the contact people.

Morenci’s food bank is housed at the Church of the Nazarene and there have been a lot of requests for help this winter.

“We’ve been hit like everybody else and we’re trying to build it back up,” said the Rev. Dennis Owens. “We just put a plea out to the churches who are participating.”

Not only are heating costs posing a problem for many families, he said, the cost of transportation due to rising fuel costs is also making it tough.

The Morenci Ministerial Association is hoping for a wide variety of non-perishable food donations, such as canned goods and boxed food.

The church isn’t always staffed in the mornings, he said, but someone is there every day from noon until 4 p.m.

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