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.

Seneca Twp. board considers scrap tire collection 2.18

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township board members discussed Feb. 9 the possibility of scheduling a collection of used tires. Surrounding townships and the City of Morenci will be contacted to see if there’s any interest in participating.

One company contacted charges a set price for each tire collected, said township clerk Allison Ott, and the township would be responsible for hauling the tires to the waste removal company’s site. Another company would bring a trailer to the collection site.

Either way, Ott said, residents would be required to pay a fee to cover the cost of the collection.

Ott said the township board is considering the collection as a service to help keep roadsides and property cleaner.

TRASH—The board accepted a bid from Archbold Refuse Service for spring cleanup trash collection April 18. Allied Waste, the company used in the past, did not submit a bid.

The ARS bid is below the cost of last year’s collection, and it includes an extended collection time until 2 p.m. rather than noon.

PA 116—P.A. 116 agreements (Farmland and Open Spaces Preservation Program) were accepted for Bruinsma Dairy (one) and Pickles Farms (four).

BUILDING FEES—Revised building code fees will be discussed at the March meeting when building inspector Kevin Arquette will be present to explain details of the code.

A reference page of the existing fee structure is missing and a draft replacement was written by Ott, with the help of Arquette.

MAEMS—As of Jan. 9, the Morenci Area EMS service showed $2,473 in the checking account and $990 in savings.

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