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.

Fire department has new brush unit 9.4

Written by David Green.

A new fire-fighting unit has joined the fleet at the Morenci Fire Department, and it came at a very attractive price: $0.

When an area resident watched the department maneuver across open fields to fight a fire, he learned the two all-terrain vehicles in service were actually borrowed.

“He was impressed with our ability to move people and not disturb the land,” said Morenci fire chief Chad Schisler, “and that led to his willingness to donate money.”ranger.brush.jpg

The department was given the go-ahead to select a unit and the cost was covered through an anonymous gift—about $12,000.

A six-wheel Polaris Ranger was chosen, Schisler said, because the department believed the flotation factor was very important. Schisler knew the unit would allow access to areas off road where a larger truck would get mired down. He never enjoys having to call someone with a tractor to pull a truck out of a muddy field.

The ATV is equipped with a 70-gallon water tank, purchased by the Morenci Fire Sirens auxiliary group; a Honda high-pressure water pump; a booster reel with 75 feet of hose; and a two-way radio.

A pair of ground-sweep nozzles are mounted on each corner to allow push-button, one-person operation, if necessary.

During a test of the unit, the use of a nozzle and the ground sweep unit provided eight minutes of water from the 70-gallon tank.

The ATV is also equipped with a Class A biodegradable foam system for initial flame knock-down. This leads to more efficient use of water.

The cost of equipping the unit was paid through donations or through the use of materials already owned by the department.

Schisler sees possible uses beyond fire fighting.

“We’re in the process of fabricating a holder to carry a Stokes rescue basket,” he said.

The Ranger could then be used as a rescue unit to reach territory inaccessible to an ambulance, such as in the case of a hunter falling out of a tree.

The department’s larger brush unit—a truck that also came through a past donation—will be used to tow the Ranger to the scene.

Trailer donations came from Raymond & Stutzman Farm, Harry Burdick, Inergy Automotive (Adrian), Roth Fabricating, United Bank and Trust, Pennington Energy Corporation, General Broach, Haas Door (Wauseon), CC Motors, Crop Production Services (Morenci) and the Morenci Fire Association.

Roth played an additional role by allowing employee and department member Phil Funchion to use factory equipment to do some assembly work.

Schisler said the department has tried for years to secure a grant for an ATV through a nation-wide program, but thanks to a generous donation from a local individual, they can stop submitting that application.

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