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.

Portion of Packard Road to be paved 10.15.08

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The western two miles of Packard Road will be rebuilt, widened a little to meet standards and paved.

Medina Township board members voted to move forward with the $600,000 project due to the continuing deterioration of the road.

“We’re going to repave it from Munson to 127,” township supervisor Jim Craig said. “It’s pave now, but it’s gotten so bad that it’s almost getting dangerous.”

The board has caught up on expensive bridge projects, Craig said, and can turn its attention back to roads.

Trustees could have chosen to go with a gravel surface, but turned down that option for two reasons.

They figure that Packard Road residents would be unhappy going from pavement to gravel. Also, Craig said, asphalt is cheaper to maintain. Gravel requires much more frequent maintenance through grading, gravel addition and dust control.

The board has heard from some residents about tree removal concerns. Whenever a  road is upgraded by the county, the surface is widened, if necessary, to meet existing standards. This is likely to result in some tree cutting.

“We understand that some of those trees must be over 100 years old and we don’t want to cut them down if we don’t have to,” Craig said. “Where we can, we’ll go around them.”

He said that in many cases, the road can veer slightly if it’s not too extreme and if there aren’t more trees on the opposite side of the road.

At least one resident still expects that trees left standing will be injured by root damage from the widening of the road.

Craig responded to a rumor that the paving work is in response to a request by Vreba-Hoff Dairy.

“That’s completely untrue,” he said. “As far as any of our maintenance or reconstruction, the dairy hasn’t played any role.”

Vreba-Hoff paid for the Dillon Highway paving project and subsequent maintenance has followed routine practices.

Craig hopes the work will get started this fall. After culverts are replaced, new base will be laid and allowed to settle —with added compaction through several months of traffic—before asphalt is laid.

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