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.

Book chosen for Fayette discussion group 9.4

Written by David Green.

Life in frontier Arizona is explored in the first book of the season at Fayette’s Thursdays @ 7 Book Club Sept. 25.

“These is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine” by Nancy Turner presents a fictional diary of the author’s great-grandmother who struggles with life and love at the end of the 19th century when Arizona was still being settled.

When the story begins, Sarah Prine is an 18 year old who shows she can hold her own on the family’s frontier settlement near Tucson.

Her rifle skills keep the Native Americans at bay and also fend off assaults from outlaws. This also gets the attention of an Army captain named Jack Elliot.

By the time Sarah is 21, her diary has recorded her unhappy marriage to a family friend, the birth to her first child and eventually the death of her husband. Her relationship with Jack soon blossoms.

Her diary starts in a fragmented manner with poor spelling and grammar, but begins to mature through the years to tell a compelling story of the Old West.

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk of Normal Memorial Library. Everyone is invited to attend the discussion at 7 p.m. Sept. 25, either to talk about the book or just listen to others give their thoughts.

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