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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 Civil War encampment is May 15-17

Written by David Green.

The Civil War is coming early to Fayette this year.

The fifth annual Thistle Ridge Civil War Encampment and Reënactment moves from the summer schedule to May 16 and 17. The change was made to accommodate programming opportunities for school age children and their families.

Tom Spiess, the local event advocate, said the move was made to promote the living history event through the schools and to eliminate potential conflicts with families’ summer vacation schedules.

Spiess noted that the original vision for the event has changed considerably since its inception in 2004. 

At that time, representatives of the 21st Ohio Reënnactor’s group and the Fulton County Historical Society approached the community to see if Fayette would be interested in supporting an event to replace the Hastings (Mich.) Civil War Reënnactment on the reënnactors’ calendar.

“At that time, there was the thought that a Fayette event would simply pick up where the Hastings event left off,” Spiess said. 

That was not the case.

Hastings was a mature operation with the involvement of hundreds of participants and a strong core of community support. It was located on the grounds of a site operated by the local historical society.

The Fayette event had to start from scratch.

After finding a host site adjacent to Fayette’s community park and developing a strong relationship with a core of regional reënactment groups, the Thistle Ridge event took on its own character as an educational and enrichment opportunity rather than simply a “reënactment event.”

With many military and civilian camping units on the site and a solid core of knowledgeable and enthusiastic reënnactors on hand and willing to share their knowledge and experiences, Thistle Ridge has became a place where sharing knowledge and “living history” has become the primary focus of the gathering.

This year’s encampment includes repeat activities such as the frying pan toss and the lantern tour, but it also brings new events including a Civil War poetry reading, a performance by the musical group “Menagerie,” a public picnic and Civil War Roundtable for participants to discuss the war and its impact on today’s society.

The Thistle Ridge Civil War site is located at the northeast edge of Fayette, just east of the community park and on the south side of Road S.

For more information, call 419/237-2683.

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