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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.

Fulton 4-H advisor awards given 11.26

Written by David Green.

A Fayette resident was one of three people in Fulton County to earn an Outstanding 4-H Alumni Award.

Jackie Ballmer, an advisor for the Country Clovers 4-H group, was joined by Amy Miller of Archbold and Samantha Marvin of Wauseon in receiving the honor.

The award was announced at the annual 4-H Advisor Recognition Banquet, Nov. 13.

The Outstanding 4-H Alumni Award and  the Friend of 4-H Award are given annually to acknowledge special dedication and commitment to the Fulton County 4-H Program. This year’s Friend of 4-H Award recipient is the Fulton County Farm Bureau.

Volunteer advisors received special recognition in the following service categories:

Five years: Cheryl Johnston, Franklin Blue Ribbons; Kim Krieger and Tina Willson, Country Achievers; Brad Lumbrezer, Rough Riders; Mark Miller, Countryside Clovers; Myndi Milliken and Rebecca Sattler, Goats and Udder Things; Carla Rice and Russell Rice, Wauseon Royal Green Clovers; Heather Rohrs, Just For Pleasure; Janna Short and Sam Short, Brush Creek Kids

10 years: Mary Jo Blohm, Tail Waggers; Michelle Ford and Jennifer Loar, Goats and Udder Things; Kim Helmke, Countryside Clovers; Christina Henricks, Lucky Livestockers, Brad Mosier, Pettisville Ever-Ready; and Sherry Schuette, Fulton County Caprine Kids.

    15 years: Mike Sattler and Randy May Sattler, Goats and Udder Things.

    20 Years:  Wayne Dinius, Brush Creek Kids; Debra Krauss, 10X Club; and Virginia Lumbrezer, Country Club 4-H.

25 years: Pam Henricks, Lucky Livestockers; and Cecilia Nartker, Clinton Doodle Bugs.   

30 years: Kathy Snyder, Delta Country Gals and Guys.

35 years: Joe Miller, Clinton Doodle Bugs.

    54 years: Arlene Stoup, Happy Hustlers/Fulton Variety Club.

Honors and awards were presented to 4-H clubs for their participation in community service and for achieving “Honor Club” status.

To be selected as a 4-H Honor Club, a club must complete community service in the Fulton County area and acquire the 125 maximum points earned through participation in various 4-H events and activities throughout the year.

Clubs achieving the honor were: 4-H Gainers and Leaders, Jenny and Tommy Herr, advisors; Country Achievers, Nancy Krieger, advisor; Countryside Clovers, Jackie Ballmer, advisor; Delta Country Gals & Guys, Kathy Snyder, advisor; Fulton Fantastics, Linda O’Neil, advisor; Goats and Udder Things, Linda Bollinger, advisor; Nifty 4-H’ers, Joan Rubel, advisor; Young Frontiers, Kelly Barber, advisor.

All Fulton County 4-H clubs participate in community service work ranging from beautification projects to recycling to roadside cleanup. Fund-raisers are also conducted, with the proceeds donated to various charitable organization.

The clubs that earned Outstanding Community Service awards were Country Achievers, Nancy Krieger, advisor; Fulton Fantastics, Linda O’Neil, advisor; Goats and “Udder” Things, Linda Bollinger, advisor; and Pike X-L, James Savage, advisor.

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