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.

Morenci book discussion choice made 7.30

Written by David Green.

What should have been the happiest day of their lives became an unsettling time for Dana and Hugh Clarke, featured in Barbara Delinski’s 2007 novel, “Family Tree.” The book is the next selection for the discussion group at Stair Public Library.

Hugh Clark is from an old New England family that traces its roots to passengers on the Mayflower. Dana has a clouded past since she never met her father.

Dana gives birth to a beautiful, healthy baby, but the Clarkes can’t help but notice the distinctive African-American features of their child.

Much to Dana’s shock, Hugh begins to think that people will suspect his wife of having had an affair. He wants a paternity test to clear the air. He wants to track down Dana’s father to see if he explains their  dilemma.

Dana begins a journey through her past that unearths family secrets rooted in fear and prejudice.

Delinski’s novel is described as asking penetrating questions about race, families and the choices people make in times of crisis.

The book discussion is scheduled at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Liz Stella Annex at Stair Public Library. Participants are welcome to attend, either to discuss the book or just to listen to others.

Extra copies of the book are available at the library.

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