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.

Group wants to expand bottle bill 6.25

Written by David Green.

The Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) today announced an online petition to expand the state’s 32-year-old Bottle Bill to include water and other non-carbonated beverage containers.╩

The effort was started to allow all of Michigan citizen’s the opportunity to inform the legislature of the broad public support for the measure.╩ The petition will also supplement a grassroots legislative day slated for Thursday, June 26 in Lansing.

“MUCC and Michigan residents need to step up to the plate as one united voice on this issue,” said MUCC Executive Director Dennis Muchmore.

According to MUCC poll data, 76 percent of Michigan voters support expanding the state’s famous bottle law – outside data shows this support above 80 percent. However, Muchmore said that the legislature must hear Michigan’s demand for this measure beyond poll data with an old-fashioned grassroots push.╩

“Last week we got the legislature’s attention but now it’s time to act,” Muchmore said.╩“MUCC is calling on the 80 percent majority of Michigan voters who support improving Michigan’s Bottle Bill to take a small step in making their voice heard, whether it’s signing this petition, attending our legislative day, or contacting their state legislators.”

Michigan residents may visit http://www.mucc.org/policy/bottlebillexpansion.php to sign the petition and access other valuable information on the Bottle Bill expansion, including a sample letter to the editor, background facts, and more information on the legislative day on June 26.

Facebook and MySpace users are also encouraged to join MUCC’s “Support a Bigger, Better Bottle Bill for Michigan!” groups that will provide real-time updates on the initiative’s progress.

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