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.

Blissfield's Raisin River Festival 7.10

Written by David Green.

Due to extreme flooding of the Blissfield River Raisin Festival grounds, the festival will be moved to the Blissfield Community Schools campus, 640 S. Lane St., this weekend.

All events of the 25th annual festival will go forward as planned, with the exception of tractor pulls, which require a special facility. Most activities will be centered in the high school area, located between South Lane Street and Walnut Street on the south edge of Blissfield. The entrance for the festival will be off Walnut Street.

The route for the 10:30 a.m. Saturday parade has been changed as well. Parade headquarters will be at Depot and Sugar streets and the actual parade will feed in from Depot Street and Veterans Avenue, traveling north on Depot Street to U.S. 223, two blocks west on U.S. 223, then south on South Lane Street to Sugar Street. The parade will not continue on to Walnut Street.

The volleyball tournament and the three-on-three basketball tournaments will be played in their original locations as scheduled, barring any more flooding this week. They are the only festival events to take place in Ellis Park. The softball tournament will be played on the girls JV softball field at the school. All other events will also be at the school.

For details, go to the festival website at www.blissfield.net.

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