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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.

Sauder Village: Fiddles and Farm Day 7.10

Written by David Green.

Traditional bluegrass and folk tunes played on a fiddle. The smells of fried chicken and mashed potatoes. The feel of straw between your fingers and the sweet taste of hand-cranked ice cream. 

On Saturday, visitors to Sauder Village will engage all of their senses during the annual Fiddle Contest and Summer on the Farm event. The day will feature many historic farm demonstrations with plenty of hands-on activities for all ages to enjoy.

At the Village’s historic Spring House, guests can help make butter with a churn, make hand-cranked ice cream, and watch cream separating demonstrations. Other unique hands-on activities include rope making, gardening, straw tick stuffing, stringing leather britches and grating soap.

Weather permitting, threshing demonstrations in the fields are planned and guests can learn more about threshing meals of the past as costumed guides in the 1910 homestead prepare this bountiful meal. They will also be able to watch goose picking demonstrations and try their hand at flailing wheat.

At the Natives and Newcomers display, visitors will have an opportunity to try cordage making, and at 2 p.m. they can help set up a wigwam. Special guest Tamara Spillis from Napoleon will be on hand to demonstrate traditional native stone and bone tools, as well as other activities.

Guests will have an opportunity to try making a traditional hooked rug, play old-fashioned games, and watch soap making demonstrations. An old-fashioned spell down is planned in the District 16 School and all ages are encouraged to participate.

“Summer on the Farm is a great day for families and children of all ages to really connect with their past,” said Andi Erbskorn, Curator of Education for the Village. “Every day at Sauder Village we share with guests what daily life was like in Northwest Ohio in the 1800s. On our Farm Days, we let our visitors try many of the same activities we demonstrate each day. It really makes the past come alive and it’s a lot of fun, too.”

Fiddlers from throughout the region will gather in Founder’s Hall for the 28th annual Fiddle Contest. Student and adult competitions are planned.

The competition will begin at 1 p.m. with student competition, and following the tallying of student scores the adult competition will begin. Ricky Prater and the Midnight Travelers will perform their music at 12:30 p.m.

“Our annual Fiddle Contest is always a favorite event for guests of all ages,” said Jan Nofziger, event coordinator.

Each contestant must play a hoedown and a waltz using old time style and techniques, and each contestant will have five minutes to perform. Judging will be based on a point scale in the areas of fiddle style and technique, rhythm and timing, difficulty of selection, tone quality, and showmanship and crowd appeal.

For more information, call 800/590-9755 or visit www.saudervillage.org.

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