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.

Morenci Foundation Dinner 4.16

Written by David Green.

The deadline has passed to reserve tickets for the Morenci Education Foundation benefit dinner Saturday night, but there’s no closing time on joining in for the auction.

The dinner and Distinguished Alumni presentation is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. When that concludes, the benefit auction gets underway.

The more bidders, the better, because proceeds from the event help fund scholarships for Morenci graduates. More than $25,000 in scholarships have been awarded since the scholarship program began five years ago.

Auction items are listed in an advertisement in this week’s Observer. The donated items range from the handmade (table doily, shelves, quilts and afghans) to handcrafted furniture.

Roth Fabricating, Inc., is offering a choice of items in their donation. The winning bidder has the choice of a custom-made park bench or porch swing. The winner can also choose the color and a word to be included in the fabrication. Delivery is promised within 60 days.

There’s a book autographed by Ronald Reagan, tickets to a James Taylor concert, a hockey puck autographed by Tomas Kopecky and a night at Dearborn’s Hyatt Regency.

There’s even an offer to have your personal story written and posted on the World Wide Web via the Observer website.

For anyone interested in bidding on an object but unable to attend the auction, make your bid by calling Foundation president Bill Van Valkenburg at 517/270-1277.

ART SHOW—The all-school art show will be on display in the high school gymnasium Friday and Saturday. Dinner and auction guests are invited to come early and visit the show that closes at 9 p.m.

DONOR WALL—Until May 1, a special fund-raising effort will lead to a brass plate in the high school lobby.

For every $100 donation, a plate will be added to an Honor Roll of Donors. The donation can be in memory of someone, in honor of someone or for the individual or family making the donation.

Orders can be placed at the dinner or by speaking with Rosemary Dickerson at United Bank and Trust.

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