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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 talks about April weather 5.06

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

April is the cruelest month, T.S. Elliot wrote.

While Elliot talked about lilacs bred out of dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain, etc., Morenci climate Observer George Isobar talks about other forms of cruelty.

“In April we often get some warm, spring-like weather that’s followed by freezing weather again,” he said.

This year was no exception. The temperature reached 68° on April 3, but two days later it was snowing.

“We got off pretty lightly in the snow department,” Isobar said. “We had about an inch on the ground for a day and it was gone the next day.”

But that wasn’t quite the end of wintry weather. April’s cruelty again.

There were more days in the 50s and 60s before something else cold fell from the skies April 13.

“I never saw any snowflakes,” Isobar said, “but there was more than rain. Rain doesn’t bounce off the windowsill like that.”

It happened again later in the month. This time the temperature reached as high as 71° before more ice balls were observed about a week later on April 21.

But that was the end of winter. After that the temperature rose into the 80s for five consecutive days, bringing the monthly high of 85° April 26.

Four days later it was back in the 50s.

The low for the month was recorded April 12 with a reading of 25°. That was one of four days with a morning reading in the 20s.

In the end, the average for the month was 1.4° above normal due to the unusually warm days in the 80s.

“We had all those temperature fluctuations, but the bigger story is probably in the precipitation department,” Isobar said.

The first of three one-inch-plus storms came in the first week of the month, resulting in a total of 4.79.

“We’ve had a lot of wetter Aprils, but that’s still about an inch more than average,” Isobar said. “That’s three months in a row wetter than average.”

It was nothing like March when the total was about three inches above average, but it continues to build up, he said.

MAY—“We’re sure to have more of the 80° readings, but it’s not uncommon to get into the 90° range,” Isobar said.

“I predict a few more days of memory mixed with desire, then we’ll be complaining about the heat.”

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