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.

Morenci school play 12.10.08

Written by David Green.

A modern day twist on the gifts of the Magi comes to the stage at Morenci Area High School in performances scheduled tonight and Saturday. The Saturday showing also includes the option of a dinner before the play.

First-year teacher Brandi Boswell volunteered to serve as drama director and she has a mostly rookie cast of actors willing to try their hand in the school play.

“The Three Gifts” involves three boys who get in trouble for stealing Halloween candy. A judge sentences the trio (Adam Barnett, James Wright and Phoenix Duncan) to work in a women’s crisis center where they come in contact with a pair of children (Hayli Cox and third grade student Brandon Cox).

In the end, the boys learn the value of serving others and they each realize a gift they have to give.

“It’s difficult to find a seasonal play,” Ms. Boswell said. “We’re limited by the size of our stage and by funding. With what we have, I think this will be a good show and a good one to hear right before Christmas. The audience should enjoy it.”

Other cast members are Levi Hoffman, an attorney and father of one of the boys; Naomi Hoffman, an attorney; Tequoia Jarrell, the judge; Barbara Hollstein, the mother of the two children; and Loren Delmonico, the father of a boy.

Other children at the women’s center are played by Azaan, Antonio and Tahjanay Jarrell and Walker Whitehouse.

Tickets for the showings at 7 p.m. tonight and at 6:30 p.m. Saturday sell for $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.

For those attending the spaghetti dinner Saturday, the suggested donation is $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The meal will be served by members of the Art and Drama clubs. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Thursday. Call the school at 458-7502 for dinner reservations.

Art Club members will serve “art dessert” to finish off the meal.

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