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.

Gabriel Lee earns Eagle Scout rank 5.20.09

Written by David Green.

A member of Morenci Boy Scout Troop 681 will receive his Eagle Scout award next month.

A Court of Honor for Gabriel Lee is scheduled at the Morenci Church of the Nazarene from 2 to 4 p.m. May 23.eagle_scout.lee.jpg

Since joining the Boy Scouts of America in June 2006, Lee advanced through the ranks and earned 28 merit badges. He was also inducted into the Order of the Arrow and serves a Senior Patrol Leader.

For his Eagle Scout project, he organized and directed the construction and placement of a picnic table and trash can at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area.

In addition to his Scouting activities, Lee has earned Bronze and Silver Certificates for the Congressional Award (for community service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition); participated in the Siena Youth Symphony as the first chair trumpet, and with the Adrian College and Adrian City bands.

He was member of the Lenawee Youth Council and the Lenawee County Library Teen Advisory Board. He has volunteered with the Adrian Symphony and the Croswell Opera House and participated in the Hudson Soccer League.

Lee was dual enrolled as a high school student at Siena Heights University and is a graduate of the 2008 Michigan Freedom Academy.

This summer he will again attend the Michigan Freedom Academy and will also participate in the Air Force Academy Summer Seminar.

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