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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 pool won't open this summer 4.16

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Hope for a cool summer ahead because Fayette’s cooling off spot won’t be available this year.

Village council members voted unanimously Thursday to accept the park board’s recommendation to close the community swimming pool for the summer.

“We voted to close the pool for at least this year due to funding,” park board president Jen Williams said.fay.pool.jpg

The board would reopen the pool in 2009 if funding were available, but board members don’t see how that could happen without a levy for maintenance. The board will explore placing the issue on the November ballot.

Board members have begun discussing a variety of fund-raising activities for pool operation, but maintenance needs could only be filled by a large infusion of cash.

Village employee Scott Wagner told council that operational costs came in at about $22,300 last year, but admission revenue amounted to only to about $5,000. That shortfall is covered by the $18,000 the park board receives from the existing park levy.

“All the money we get is being used to pay for the pool,” Wagner said. “It’s not fair at all.”

The basketball courts need resurfacing, he said, and when old playground equipment breaks, it has to be replaced because of insurance regulations. There’s also been discussion about adding another volleyball court, Wagner said.

Even if fund-raisers were successful enough to cover operational costs, expensive repairs are needed. Wagner received an estimate of $100,000 to address the problems  of the 30-plus year-old pool and perhaps four times that amount to construct a new pool.

“We don’t like to close it,” Williams said. “We know it’s a big part of the community.”

Wagner said there were two public meetings scheduled last year to discuss the pool. No one showed up for one meeting and one person came to the other.

“That showed me there isn’t much interest in the community,” he said.

With the pool closed, park revenue would cover the cost of five summer park employees—estimated at $12,500—and provide some funding for future projects.

Council members also approved the request to hire five employees who will be paid on a per-job basis rather than an hourly rate.

Williams said board members want to expand the board to include representatives from Gorham and Franklin Township.

That idea has come up in past years, also, said councilor Ruth Marlatt.

“It comes up now and then and it stalls,” she said.

The townships could also share in the cost burden of the park, council member Jerry Gonzales said.

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