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.

Stream bank erosion control requires DEQ permit 5.7

Written by David Green.

A local property owner learned last week that action designed to halt stream bank erosion can’t be taken without approval from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

A visitor to Riverside Natural Area last week observed that a driver from a concrete company was dumping broken concrete along the edge of Bean Creek on land adjacent to the park.

The driver said two loads of concrete were delivered and four more were coming. They were to be pushed over the edge of bank where the property owner wanted to halt erosion of the bank.

The park visitor called the DEQ and a representative told the truck driver that a permit was required.

Mary Vanderlaan of the DEQ’s Inland Lakes and Streams division in Jackson explained that a permit is needed when anything is placed below the ordinary high water mark of a natural stream. The top of the bank is generally used to indicate the high water mark.

Additional state law addresses structures placed in a flood plain that could impede the flow of water during a flood event. That might apply to the pile of concrete left at the edge of the bank.

“Preventing erosion from your property is something we permit,” Vanderlaan said. “The question is how it’s going to be done.”

Concrete is less desirable than stone, she said, because it’s less asthetically pleasing. All exposed metal rods must be removed from concrete and a fabric is generally placed under the riprap (concrete pieces). The DEQ also recommends placing riprap on the bank rather than simply pushing it over the edge, in which pieces could tumble down the bank and into the water.

Erosion generally occurs in a curve of a river where water flow increases. A process of erosion and deposition of soil continues until an equilibrium is reached. The process can change a river channel over a period of years.

It’s a natural action of a river, Vanderlaan said, but she understands that property owners sometimes want to halt the erosion of their land.

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