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.

Musical jam session set in Fayette 2.11

Written by David Green.

Local musicians will take to the stage Tuesday night in Fayette and you could be among them.

The Winter Coffee House Jam Session, scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Rorick Gallery of the Fayette Opera House, has four musicians on the agenda, but there’s also an open mic planned. Anyone who wants to perform—instrumental, vocal or a reading—is invited to join in.

The idea for the jam session developed from the WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour, a national program from Lexington, Ky., broadcast locally on WBGU. The show’s host, Michael Johnathon, urges listeners to create their own WoodSongs Coffee House to help form a national network of small, artistic stages for artists and their audiences.

Johnathon describes local coffee houses as a way to support “the brilliant, deserving artists and songwriters of your home community.”

Fayette’s first event will feature harmonica player Ramiro Gomez, guitar players Rebecca Lovelass and vocalists Steve Snyder and Phyllis Page, who also play guitar.

The open mic, Lovelass said, could lead to more music or even the reading of poetry.

“There are other possibilities besides listening to music and playing an instrument,” she said.

Lovelass believes the event will be a good way to bring people together, particularly on a winter night.

“We’d like to make it a regular thing,” she said, “especially in the winter months. It will just be an experiment this first time around.”

Members of the Fayette Community Fine Arts Council see the event as a good way to bring people into the Opera House. They also see the project as a way to preserve and promote musical heritage, to “audition” talent for local productions, to make new friends and swap some interesting stories.

“It’s a way to give people a place to jam together,” Lovelass said. “Just come in and play.”

No admission will be charged, and chili, dessert and a beverage will be served.

For additional information, call Lovelass at 419/237-3091 or Fine Arts Council member Tom Spiess at 237-2683.

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