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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 village council 5.14

Written by David Green.

When Fayette village administrator Amy Metz asked council members for a ranking of village priorities, the consensus was nearly unanimous for the number one concern: sewage treatment.

Faced with the Ohio EPA’s orders to upgrade the treatment system and limits on growth due to capacity issues, council members agree that sewage treatment remains a vital concern.

Metz reviewed at the May 8 council meeting the lists submitted by five of six council members plus the mayor.

Economic development placed second in the rankings, with the goals of bringing more businesses and jobs to the community.

Following that was street repairs, seeking alternative energy (wind power, in particular), communication (between village personnel and with school and township officials), repairing the brush chipper and repairing sidewalks.

WATER LEAK—Chris Keifer talked to council about a continuing water problem in the basement of his video rental store on Main Street.

“You have a leak somewhere,” he said. “It’s been four months and something has to be done.”

Aqua-Line could not find a leak in the village water system, however, Keifer pointed out that the water has tested positive for chlorine.

John Becker told council the leak seems to be identical to a problem in the building three and a half years ago. He suspects the previous patch in the waterline broke loose last summer when S. Fayette Street was rebuilt. He told council the likely location of the leak and village workers will investigate.

DRIVEWAY CUTS—In the S. Fayette St. curbing project, two driveway cuts were missed on the east side of the road, Jerry Gonzales said in his public works committee report. He said the committee recommended having the work done and sending the bill to Arcadis, the village engineering firm.

Councilor Ruth Marlatt disagreed with that suggestion.

“Those people were contacted repeatedly,” she said about the property owners who no longer live in the community. “They were asked for placement [of a drive] and didn’t answer. It shouldn’t be charged to Arcadis.”

The property owner didn’t respond about the grassed over drives and no work was done.

Gonzales said that contact should have been made through a certified letter. Metz said she would check on documentation of communication with the owners...

 

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