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.

Linenkugel to perform at Opera House 2.25

Written by David Green.

Well-known hammered dulcimer player Wes Linenkugel will perform with his quartet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fayette Opera House.

Linenkugel is joined by fiddler Mike Gleason, guitarist Bob Schramm and bassist Jack Lewis.

The quartet plays what is most commonly referred to as “Olde Tyme Music”—a type of folk music that encompasses fiddle tunes, waltzes, jigs, reels, Gospel tunes, and other folk styles.

“We are an acoustic group, primarily instrumental (no one would pay us to sing!) and we play what I would call ‘high energy music,’” Linenkugel said. “Whether the tune we’re playing is a lightning fast reel or a slow, lilting waltz, we approach all our music with the same high energy.  We like to involve ourselves in the music and we love to play for our audiences.”

The quartet often brings in other instruments—trumpet, saxophone, celesta, bouzouki and others—and plays in other musical styles including jazz and ragtime. Questions from the audience are encouraged in the group’s informal style.

Linenkugel has recorded 11 albums and has performed at venues ranging from the Ohio and Indiana State Fairs to Greenfield Village and Renfro Valley. He has a collection of awards from various competitions.

He began playing the hammered dulcimer in 1978 on an instrument that his father built.

Tickets cost $10 per person, with a $2 discount for senior citizens. Groups of 10 or more people may obtain tickets for $6 each. Call 419/237-3111 to reserve tickets. Light refreshments will follow the program.

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