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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    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.

Civil War encampment coming to Fayette 7.10

Written by David Green.

It’s not all guns and noise at a modern Civil War encampment. There are also flying frying pans, kids marching and a hog roast to enjoy.

The fifth annual Thistle Ridge Civil War Encampment gets underway Saturday morning in Fayette, rain or shine. The event is located in the northeast corner of the village, off Park Drive and Industrial Parkway (County Road S).

In past years, the Thistle Ridge event has focused on skirmishes in the early part of the Civil War. Battles featured this year are the pivotal confrontation from Gettysburg known as the Wheatfield and Snodgrass Hill from Chickamauga.

The Thistle Ridge Encampment doesn’t involve huge numbers of troops as many large events do, but it does provide visitors with the opportunity to engage with the reënactors and learn about the important time in America’s history.

Visitors will be able to watch reënactors participate in games such as the frying pan toss and the wet chemise contest, and also learn about the workings of a muzzleloading rifle and daily life in a camp.

The challenges of feeding large numbers of troops will be addresses as campsites demonstrate cooking with cast iron utensils and wood fires.

A highlight of the weekend is the lantern tour beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday. Guides will walk visitors through the camp to describe activities by lantern light.

A whole hog will be prepared by Hogs R Us of Fayette to serve as a fund-raiser for the annual event. Eaters can save some cash by buying tickets in advance at Beaverson Insurance Agency on West Main Street.

A special event this year—one that might not occur again—is an authentic wedding, performed in Civil War era style.



         Saturday
10:30 a.m.    Frying pan toss
11 a.m.    Speed shooting contest
11:30 a.m.    Wet chemise contest
1 p.m.    Officers’ meeting
2 p.m.    Battle of Gettysburg (the Wheatfield)
3:30 p.m.     Kids drill and muster
5 p.m.    Civil War wedding
5-8 p.m.    Reception and festivities
5-8 p.m.    Hog roast  (open to public)
9-10 p.m.    Lantern Tour

        Sunday
9:30 a.m.    Camp open to public
10:30 a.m. Worship service
1 p.m.    Officers’ meeting
2 p.m.     Battle of Chickamauga (Snodgrass Hill)
3 p.m.    Kids drill by 21st O.V.I.
4 p.m.    Camp closed

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