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 council 4.2

Written by David Green.

Pieces of the funding puzzle for the next phase of Fayette’s sewer project are falling into place.

The $272,000 project would include work at the sewage lagoons, upgrading a lift station and tackling some mechanical work in the system. Developing the long term control plan for sewage treatment is also part of the project.

The first part of the funding package was obtained in the past through a $98,500 loan from the Ohio EPA’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund. That loan is to be paid off at the rate of $20,000 a year from the sewer enhancement fee that residents pay every quarter.

Last year, a $40,000 Community Development Block Grant was obtained through county sources. An additional $22,000 will come through a second loan administered through the Ohio EPA.

Council member Craig Rower reported at council’s regular meeting Thursday that $61,072 was secured from Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) funding, leaving a $50,000 shortfall that will be borrowed through the OPWC at zero percent interest over 20 years.

In order to pay for the sewer work ordered by the Ohio EPA, the village has been advised by its engineering firm to increase both sewer rates and the sewer enhancement fee.

OHIO EPA—Ken Delphous reported on a response from the Ohio EPA regarding the village’s Long Term Control Plan for problems with the sewage treatment system.

Utilities engineer Bob Seigneur explained later that the agency had a half dozen minor issues, which he said isn’t unexpected for a proposal such as this one.

 

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