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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.

George Isobar reviews March weather 4.08.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

If the entire month of March passes by with nary a flake of snow, then April must pay the price.

That’s apparently how it went this year. With just a small amount of snow falling one day last month, March ended up with only a trace of the white stuff, matched only by 1991.

“That was so odd to have a nearly snowless March,” said Morenci area climate observer George Isobar. “We had 13 inches two years ago and the average from the last three decades is about 5.5 inches. We’ve had some rather significant snowfalls in March over the years.”

If it hadn’t been for the light snow that fell March 29, there wouldn’t have been anything at all.

The snow might have been absent, but that’s not the case for rainfall. At 6.10 inches, last March was by far the wettest since the current records were started in 1975. The March average is about 2.8 inches.

“We had nearly a month’s worth of rainfall during two different storms last month,” Isobar said.

That situation led to a lot of flooding in the area.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Bean Creek that far into Wakefield Park,” Isobar said. “The same thing at Riverside. It was really extensive.”

The flood gave the creek a good cleaning, Isobar said.

“I think there’s only one log across the river from Main Street north past the cemetery now,” he said. “Things always get rearranged in a heavy flood.”

Temperature

What a variable month for temperature, Isobar noted. From a low of 4° recorded March 3, the extreme on the other end came in at 70° on the 17th.

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