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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Fayette park board meeting 5.7

Written by David Green.

The Fayette Park Board is still spending time discussing the community swimming pool, even after its decision last month to keep the facility closed this summer.

Village council member Ruth Marlatt told the board at its May 1 meeting that several residents had contacted her regarding the decision to close the pool.

She was told that people weren’t aware of the public meeting to discuss the issue. If the meeting had been better publicized, more donations might come in to support pool operation.

Last summer, revenue from admissions fell short of operating costs by $18,000.

Board members decided to collect additional information about pool needs and costs and create an information sheet that could be given to residents at the May 17 community clean-up day and distributed to homes. The sheet could announce another public meeting.

Past park board president Kirk Keiser said that $18,000 was spent in 2001 for pool repairs. The work came with a 10-year guarantee, he said, but the company went out of business before the job was completed.

Contractors have been contacted about obtaining estimates for pool repairs, but the companies are now charging a fee for estimates. Village administrator Amy Metz will assist Scott Wagner in obtaining bids.

Keiser stated that the board attempted to locate possible grants to support pool work in 2001. Mention was made of the extra money the park program might be receiving if village council had agreed to seek a replacement of the park levy instead of a renewal. Replacement would have updated property values to current figures.

Concern was expressed about the flow of contaminants in ground water from the former Fayette Tubular Products site. There is an understanding among the board members that groundwater flows southeast toward the creek. A suggestion was made to check with the Ohio EPA about the matter.

COURTS—Quotes will be sought for paving the basketball courts. Metz suggested adding the job to the village paving projects in hopes of obtaining a better price.

BALL FIELDS—Rob Brubaker donated posts for foul lines at diamond two.

SKATEBOARDING—Chris Lantz spoke to several parents who offered to donate time to construct a skateboard area. The board was advised to look into possible liability issues.

FUND-RAISERS—Board members expressed willingness to work at Michigan International Speedway to earn money for the parks, but additional volunteers might be needed.

Forms will be distributed May 19 for the pizza sales fund-raiser. Twelve sponsors were signed up for support of the summer program. Shirts will be ordered.

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