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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.

Author Tom Springer to visit Morenci's library 11.19.08

Written by David Green.

Michigan author Tom Springer enjoys exploring the natural wonders of the Upper Peninsula or hiking into the splendors of the Rocky Mountains, but that’s not the connection with nature that he makes on a regular basis.

It’s the woods on the edge of town. The creek that flows through the community. The open fields of some forgotten farmland.

It’s the nature all around us that he finds most meaningful.

Springer will convey his love for the natural landscape of the Midwest when he visits Morenci’s Stair Public Library next month.

“We live in a subtly beautiful place and I want to help people celebrate that,” he said, “and to respect and protect what’s here.”

For Springer, it’s the connections to our favorite nearby places that make life meaningful.

Springer is calling his visit to Morenci and to an Adrian College writing class his “smell the wood” tour. He’ll bring along several artifacts—including aromatic roots, hunks of split wood, homemade serviceberry jam—to make his talk not just a reading, but an “appetizer for the senses.”

Springer is the author of “Looking for Hickories: the Forgotten Wildness of the Rural Midwest.” It’s described as “a fresh look at the landscape as well as the everyday lives of the people who make up the region’s small communities.”

The publisher’s statement says that Springer’s essays “mingle a generosity of spirit and the childlike pleasure of discovery with a grown-up sense of a time and a place, if not lost, then in danger of disappearing altogether—things to treasure and preserve for today and tomorrow.”

“I’ve found that ‘Looking for Hickories’ connects well with Midwesterners who grew up with a love for local things like sassafras tea, pawpaws and hickory nuts,” Springer said. “But it’s also been popular with people who say that they don’t usually read ‘nature books.’”

 The author says his goal is to tell a good story, and if people learn a little something along the way, that’s a plus.

• Springer’s author talk is scheduled at the library beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 4.

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