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.

Susie (Whitehouse) Wiley publishes book of essays 11.19.08

Written by David Green.

A former Morenci resident has published a book of essays and thoughts.

Morenci native Susan (Whitehouse) Wiley recently wrote a book called “Counting Today: A Thought-filled Journey.”

The 118-page book includes 28 brief essays about everyday life. Each essay concludes with a section of Ideas to Ponder.

Illustrations include photographs taken by Susie’s brother, Bill Whitehouse.

Wiley, a 1962 Morenci High School graduate, says in the introduction that her stories cover a range of topics.

“One day I’m head over heels relishing the natural world, and the next day I’m on some flimsy soapbox.”

Just like a person’s thoughts flit around from subject to subject, her essays are in no particular order either, she writes. She suggests that readers might approach the book in the same manner and avoid a cover-to-cover reading.

When Wiley writes about a relative taking home some old chairs from her parents’ basement, she ends the essay by wondering how she can “capture the memory of ancestors in ways that will be passed on to future generations.”

A visit to Morenci’s Labor Day Bridge Walk makes her appreciate the spirit of a small town, and causes her to ponder what activities she might participate in for community-building.

The book collects the thoughts and ponderings of days well lived—counting today.

• A copy of “Counting Today” is available at Stair Public Library.

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