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.

Farewell time planned for Dave Baumgartner 2.11

Written by David Green.

An active member of the Morenci community will be leaving the area next week and friends are invited to stop by for a visit Friday night.

Dave Baumgartner has taken a new job with U.S. Marble, a Michigan-based company selling cultured marble for vanity tops, kitchen counters, etc.

Baumgartner will relocate in South Carolina as part of a territorial expansion for U.S. Marble. His wife, Penny, will join him later in the year.

The Baumgartners moved to Morenci in November 1991 and took over ownership of JC Party Store. They’ve served as co-chairs of the Morenci Town and Country Festival committee and continued to help with the annual event through last year.

Both have served as members of the Morenci Planning Commission and have remained active in the Morenci Athletic Boosters. Dave currently serves as treasurer.

Among other community service projects, the Baumgartners have helped decorate Wakefield Park in December and Dave has served as a trustee at the Morenci Eagles for several years.

Friends are invited to stop by at the Eagles Friday starting at 8 p.m. to wish Dave well in his new career.

“We certainly enjoyed this city and we made a lot of friends who will stay with us,” Dave said.

Leaving Morenci was a tough decision, he said, but they will soon be living much closer to their daughter, Jennifer, and her family.

“We’re really looking forward to it and we’d like to find another small town where we can make a contribution,” he said.

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