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 village council 6.4

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The Keifer’s Korner Video water problem is now back in the owners’ court after an additional inspection showed no problem with the village sewer line in the area.

The owners of the store at the corner of Main and S. Fayette streets reported several months ago a problem with water in their basement. The Keifers and the village have both tried to determine the cause of the problem.

At a meeting last month, a previous owner of the building suspected the problem lay underneath Fayette Street. A similar situation was found to be caused by a waterline leak. Council was told that road construction last summer might have broken the patch made in the past.

Village maintenance worker Tom Rupp gave council members a chronological account of the steps the village has taken to resolve the issue.

Speaking at the May 22 council meeting, Rupp said the latest effort involved an inspection by Randy Layman who owns a septic and drain cleaning business. He found good flow and no blockage in the sewer line.

Layman said he could run a camera through the lines in the Keifer property, but he would have to cut through cast iron pipe. He gave some recommendations to the Keifers, Rupp said, but he does not believe the problem is the responsibility of the village.

Rupp said that records showed the line suggested by the former owner was not patched. Instead, the T in the line was replaced and no leak was found in the area.

WORKERS–Six residents were hired for part-time work, as needed. Dean Myers, Rod Sommers and Tom Clemenson were hired as utility workers. Nathan Lucas, Mat Johnson and Ken Drohan were hired as parks and recreational workers.

DONATIONS—Verl and Pat Morningstar from Verl’s Saw Shop donated flowers for downtown landscaping. Rod and Suzie Sommers are mowing and doing other maintenance work at Hatcher Park. Edith Clemenson planted flowers at the park.

Jason Simon and Brenda Metz donated paint for the village council chamber project. A window needs to be installed before the work is completed. Mason, Liz and Gabe Maginn donated time to assist with the spring cleanup. Five Dumpsters were filled that day.

GRANTS—Village administrator Amy Metz attended “Grantsmanship 101” at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. She later met with the library’s grant specialist.

 

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