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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.

Fayette's Helping Hands food pantry opens 1.21.09

Written by David Green.

Bob Yano wanted Fayette’s new Helping Hands Food Pantry to be more than a typical small-town emergency food supply.

When the facility opened last week, it was obvious that his plans were realized.

There’s more in the “store” than donations from area residents—although those items play an important role. The pantry also has a significant amount a goods from the Northwest Ohio Food Bank near Toledo.

There’s an array of canned goods and packaged food, as expected at most any pantry, but there’s also milk in a cooler, meat in a freezer, a small amount of fresh fruit and a lot of bread and bagels.

Volunteers also hauled in some soap, baby formula and diapers from the Food Bank.

There are even shopping carts to make the experience more like visiting a food store, Yano said.

The pantry is located in the former Gas Light Inn restaurant building owned by Don and Jane Stiriz, next to the Pizza Stop in downtown Fayette. That gives access to the cooler and freezer that most pantries wouldn’t have.

Helping Hands opened last Thursday without much fanfare—an intentional slow start to try out the facility and see how well it operated.

When the panty committee members learned how long it would take to obtain their own federal tax exemption—essential to obtain items from the Northwest Ohio bank—they sought other avenues and were able to use the Fayette Church of the Nazarene’s exemption.

After that was arranged, they drove to Toledo to fill a trailer with goods.

Many financial donations have been received for the project, Yano said, and additional gifts can be taken to Huntington Bank in Fayette.

Donation boxes for food and dry goods are in place at the library, school and churches to help maintain the stocked shelves.

Volunteers are opening the store to those in need every Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m. Additional volunteers are needed for a variety of other jobs.

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