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.

Geocaching at Ohio historical sites 7.16

Written by David Green.

The Ohio Historical Society (OHS) has seized the opportunity presented by the geocaching craze to place caches at 10 of its historic sites to help increase awareness and visitation. Caches are hidden at: Adena Mansion & Gardens in Chillicothe, Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Cedar Bog near Urbana, Flint Ridge near Brownsville, Fort Ancient near Oregonia, Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, National Road/Zane Grey Museum near Nowich, Piqua Historical Area in Piqua and Serpent Mound near Peebles.

Geocaching is a combination of a treasure hunt and a hike that requires the use of a global positioning system (GPS) receiver. While some people define it as a sport and others a hobby, it is an activity that can be enjoyed individually or with groups of friends or family. The objective of geocaching is to locate hidden "caches" using GPS technology and a little sleuthing. A cache is a waterproof box that contains a log book for all successful searchers to sign and few small trinkets like foreign currency, small rubber animals, stickers and toy action figures that geocachers exchange with each other.

Favorite OHS caches seem to be the Armstrong Air & Space Museum’s “One Small Step for Everyone,” Fort Meigs’ “The British Are Coming!” and Serpent Mound’s “Snake in the Grass,” according to Erin Bartlett, a regional manager for OHS historic sites who coordinates the Society’s geocaching program. “Two interests that Ohio Historical Society visitors and geocachers have in common are history and the environment,” Bartlett said.

J.B. Berry, a biology teacher from Friendship, Ohio, and long-time geocacher and environmentalist, cites Serpent Mound’s “Snake in the Grass” as his favorite. He lives nearby, visits the site frequently and, as a science educator, has placed his own earthcache on a nature trail there.

Until OHS got involved with caches, Berry admits there were many sites he had not visited. The Piqua Historical Area was one of those. He now acknowledges that the three-hour trip from his southern Ohio home to the Piqua Historical Area’s “Treasure of the Upper Miami” cache was “well worth it.”

Berry was excited when OHS placed caches on eight sites across the state because, as he says, it’s a “double bonus for all geocachers: mixing history and the love of nature.”

 “Introducing people to Ohio history, no matter where they live, is our main goal,” said Bartlett. “We’re thrilled with the response to our historic caches and expect more and more cachers to visit OHS sites in the future—especially now that Ohio travelers want to stay close to home to save on gas.”

OHS caches are during daylight hours year-round and many the historic sites on which they’re placed are open to visitors. Cachers who want to place their own cache at an OHS site can fill out an online application. Information on OHS sites and caches can be found at www.ohiohistory.org/geocache and at www.geocaching.com.

The Ohio Historical Society is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the state’s partner in preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archaeology and natural history. For more information about OHS programs and events, call 800.686.6124 or go online to www.ohiohistory.org.

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