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.

Eye health kiosk at Fayette library 3.11.09

Written by David Green.

Ever wonder what it’s like to see the world through the eyes of a person with astigmatism, or with a cataract or other vision problem?

In interactive exhibit at Fayette’s Normal Memorial Library this month gives children the opportunity to experience various eye ailments and learn about eye health.

A favorite feature of the Wild About Eyes kiosk is the bowling ball drop. Pull a cord to lift a bowling ball, then let it drop onto a polycarbonate lens. The lens survives, demonstrating the value of quality eye protection goggles.

The display also includes a pushbutton game to match the protective eyewear with specific activities, plus an interactive computer game that teaches about eye health.

The kiosk is sponsored by Prevent Blindness Ohio. The display travels to libraries for one-month visits to teach youngsters about eye health and safety, and to connect the eye care mission with literacy.

The display is geared toward children between the ages of four and 10, but adults can learn from the information as well.

The four-sided kiosk was developed by Dayton’s Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, incorporating features from the Prevent Blindness Ohio’s Wise About Eyes 1,600 square foot traveling exhibit.

A special reading hour is scheduled during the library’s after-school program March 26 from 3 to 4 p.m. A guest reader will visit and eye health activities are planned.

Each child will receive a gift bag containing the book “Arthur’s Eyes,” assorted eye health literature, and a pair of safety goggles.

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