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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Controlled burn planned at Schoonover 4.15.09

Written by David Green.

The grass grows tall. The fire sweeps through. The growth returns and a healthy prairie is maintained.

It’s an age-old story on the prairies of America and it’s a story that will be played out during the next month at the Schoonover Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in Seneca Township.

Grasslands at the 95-acre preserve will be burned, when weather permits, between now and May 15 by personnel from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Schoonover WPA is located at the intersection of Canandaigua and Medina roads. The property was last burned in 2004.

Controlled burns aid native prairies and marshes by discouraging shrubs and trees from establishing and helping warm season grasses to germinate. Fire also helps manage a balance between open water and wetland plants in marsh areas.

The burn also eliminates years of built-up dead vegetation that could increase the risk of a wildfire.

The property was transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service in 1991 and contains 34 acres of grassland, 53 acres of wetlands and eight acres of upland woods. Prairie grasses were planted in the late 1990s.

As the name implies, the waterfowl production area was established to produce ducks. The site is open to the public for activities including environmental education, photography, hiking and wildlife observation.

There are no restricted seasons at the preserve, but human activity could be disruptive to nesting birds.

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