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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Pettisville's Friendship Days starts Friday

Written by David Green.

Friendship Days June 27-29


Pettisville’s every other summer festival begins this Friday evening with a Benefit Auction and BBQ Dinner. Three large tents house many of the events at the park, the festival takes place, rain or shine.

The Family BBQ runs from 4:30 to 7:30 at the park pavilion, serving full dinners for carryout or to eat at the park. The Auction starts at 5:00 and features hundreds of new items donated by area businesses. At 8:30 the Friendship Quilt, made by community volunteers, will be auctioned. Several new inflatable games will keep the kids occupied while the auction runs late into the night.

Sporting events fill Saturday’s schedule. Registration for the 5K events opens at 7 a.m. the Kid’s Run starts at 7:45 and the 5K road race at 8:00. Blackbird Specials, pancakes and sausage will be served in the pavilion from 7:30 to 10:30. Event day registration for the basketball Three on Three tourney and Fishing Derby starts at 8:00. Plenty of large catfish will be stocked for the family fishing event. Dodgeball takes off at 11:00 and also the Family Health and Safety Fair.

Landing of the Life Flight air ambulance is scheduled for 11:00 on the track infield. The helicopter will be displayed breifly while crew members answer questions from the crowd. There’s a Hole-in-One golf contest, Kid’s Pedal Pull at 11:00 and Kid’s Carnival Games throughout the afternoon. A cornhole competition commences at 3:30.

The Saturday evening “Dinner at the Park” features beef brisket, a complete meal with salad and sides. Serving begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 7. The Kid’s inflatable games, including an obstacle course, will stay open until 9 p.m. Saturday and a movie runs from 7 to 10.

Under the main tent, from 7 to 10 is the Reverse Raffle. This activity is for adults who purchased one of the 300 Reverse Raffle tickets. The Raffle’s three main cash prizes will be presented around 10 p.m.

Sunday morning the park will host a Community Worship Service at 11:00. After the service, all are invited to a Potluck lunch. Everyone in the area is welcome to join the family fun at Friendship Days. Proceeds from this community project go to the maintenance and development of the Pettisville park. Visit www.FriendshipDays.org where you’ll see auction items and can print out the festival’s schedule of events.

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