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 sewer project moving forward 4.23

Written by David Green.

Phase I of the Long Term Control Plan for sewage treatment will be moved ahead due to the stipulation that a $40,000 county grant must be used this year. The cost of the project is $173,000.

Tim Harmsen of the Arcadis engineering firm proposed seeking bids in July and beginning work by September.

The most pressing issue, he said, is for the placement of rip-rap around the lagoons, as required by the Ohio EPA.

At the April 8 meeting, council member Craig Rower asked Harmsen why the cost of engineering for the project is rising from $17,000 to $20,000. Harmsen said the lower cost was estimated in May 2007. Now that the project was examined in greater detail, an additional $3,000 would be needed to cover the work.

Rower expressed his disappointment with how costs increased after the engineering was completed for the South Fayette Street rehabilitation. Furthermore, he said that his patience with the Ohio EPA is at zero.

He questioned why the agency is forcing the village to make repairs to a system that will become obsolete. He suggested the agency sit down with the area’s state senator and explain the need for the work.

“This is our plan,” Harmsen explained. “The intent of the first phase is to update existing equipment so it will last the next 20 years.”

The Ohio EPA is giving the village 20 years to replace its treatment system and put an end to overflows into the creek. Harmsen said details of the plan can be discussed at a later date while still proceeding with the Phase I plan as written.

Harmsen said the engineering for the construction phase of the project is expected to cost $9,000.

Utilities engineer Bob Seigneur was appointed to serve as the village contact person for working with the Ohio EPA.

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