Fayette park board meets 4.30

Written by David Green.

Following a decision to close the community swimming pool for the 2008 season, the Fayette Park Board is considering other ways to keep kids cool this summer, such as a splash park and water games.

The board is exploring the possibility of a levy proposal for the November election to give residents the option of funding repairs and operation of the pool. The levy would include all school district residents, not just those within the village limits.

Board members discussed fund-raising activities, including 50/50 drawings at ball games and a monthly drawing on the last Friday night game each month.

The board has also planned a pizza sales project from May 19 to June 13. For this first effort, the board will work with the Pizza Stop.

The board will also investigate earning money by selling tickets for the Toledo Mud Hens and Detroit Tigers games. A percentage of the sales would be returned to the board.

The board is contacting Brett Kolb about ball pictures again this year.

A volleyball tournament is considered to raise money for Christmas decorations and another tournament might be scheduled during the Bull Thistle Festival.

The board discussed  grant options from the Tony Hawk Foundation for money to construct a skateboard park.

PARK NEEDS—The big ball diamond needs 25 tons of stone. It was noted that ground moles are starting to dig up the diamonds again this year.

Quotes will be sought for refurbishing the basketball courts in the park.

The park is in need of new picnic tables, bleachers and playground equipment. Because of mandates to upgrade playground equipment, there are only two swings left. All equipment needs to be replaced because it is outdated.

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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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