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.

Fayette council 4.29.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette council members heard an update Thursday on the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). Village administrator Amy Metz first reported on the program in March.

The NSP provides emergency assistance to acquire and redevelop foreclosed properties that might otherwise become abandoned and a source of blight. Funds are used to purchase foreclosed or abandoned homes in order to stabilize neighborhoods and stem the decline of house values of neighboring homes.

The program was formed in response to concerns about the growing number of home foreclosures. In early March, Fulton County Regional Planning Commission director Steve Brown reported that about 17 percent of all Fulton County homes (23,856) are at risk of foreclosure, with the elderly, veterans and unemployed person as the most vulnerable.

Fulton County received a $500,000 grant through the federal Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) and $150,000 in Neighborhood Stabilization funding. Additional assistance can be provided by the Habitat for Humanity program.

The $150,000 stabilization funds wouldn’t go far, Brown said, but the CHIP program and CDBG funding could expand the effort.

CHIP is a two-year program that helps residents who qualify with home rehabilitation, first-time home-buying and rental assistance.

Metz said in March that two Fayette properties were identified as qualifying for stabilization funds. Variables include a community’s rate of unemployment, foreclosure and subprime and delinquent loans, along with data from sheriff’s sales.

Cooperation with banks is needed to make the stabilization program work, Brown said. If qualifying properties are approved by the Maumee Valley Planning Commission—the agency overseeing a seven-county region—either the Fulton County Regional Planning Commission or the Fulton County Community Improvement Corporation would serve as administrators of the property. If sold, the money would stay in the county to be used for additional stabilization efforts.

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