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.

Cameron Thompson home from Iraq 6.4

Written by David Green.

A familiar face returned to Fayette Elementary School Monday morning—familiar, at least, to the sixth grade class.

Cameron Thompson served as the social studies teacher for those pupils in the first semester of the 2006-07 school year. Then he heard from his Uncle Sam.

It was time for Mr. Thompson to report for active duty in preparation for deployment in the Middle East.school.cameron.jpg

Mr. Thompson attended the University of Findlay as a member of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). In trade for an education paid for by the government, he agreed to give eight years of military service.

Mr. Thompson served four years, then deactivated his status with the military and took a teaching job with the Fayette school district. That lasted a year and a half before he was ordered to report for duty at Ft. Sill, Okla., and then move on to Camp Shelby, Miss., for four months of training.

Those four months were very helpful, Mr. Thompson said. He joined a group of soldiers made up mostly of National Guard units from California. This brought together soldiers with a wide variety of skills and experience, and the long training period was beneficial.

Mr. Thompson ended up spending 11 months in Kuwait and Iraq, and he hopes this will be the end of his service, although he knows that in an emergency he would be called up again to fulfill his remaining 11 months, if not more.

The service he’s interested in now is in the classroom.

“I’m hoping to pick up where I left off,” he said.

Fifth and sixth grade students gathered in the cafeteria Monday morning when Mr. Thompson made a brief visit—and an impromptu speech.

“The last year and a half has been a long time for me,” he said. “The best thing about being back is being around all of you again,” he said. “I’m really happy to be back with my friends and teachers again.”

Mr. Thompson said he looks forward to the next school year and having the time to talk with his former students.

But what about the mustache? asked one student.

Mr. Thompson made occasional e-mail contact with students and one of his letters talked about a mustache-growing contest.

At first, he tried to convince the students that the mustache they saw in the photo was just a fake one, but then he admitted that he entered the contest.

It was just a way of passing the time in the Middle East.

“I shaved it off as fast as I could,” he said. “We like to do things to entertain ourselves.

 

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