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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 reviews May weather 6.10.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

You couldn’t get much closer to normal than the weather in May, says Morenci climate observer George Isobar.

Temperature and precipitation weren’t that far from what’s expected this time of the year, and there were no big surprises along the way.

“According to the National Weather Service office in Toledo, the temperature for May was only two-tenths of a degree below normal,” Isobar said. “The rainfall was only about a third of an inch off.”

Actually, he said, Morenci’s 30-year average is closer to four inches, but the long-term average computed in Toledo stands at 3.14. Last month 2.78 fell here.

“It wasn’t a particularly wet month,” Isobar said. “All but about half an inch fell during three days. The rest of the month stayed pretty dry.”

Just two thunderstorms, a little light frost on the 18th—really not much to talk about.

Isobar recorded four morning temperatures in the 30s. The low of 33° came early in the month and the latest was a 34° reading on the 18th.

On the other end of the scale, there were three days in the 80s, with a high of 85 on May 22.

“Nothing unusual there,” Isobar said. “We often get a day in the low 90s and every few years the temperature dips into the 20s. It was just a pretty normal month.”

June

“June should be a little wetter, a little more thundery, and, of course, warmer,” Isobar said.

The average temperature last month was 59.4°. The average for June increases to 68.8°.

“It shouldn’t be long at all before we’re all complaining about the heat,” Isobar said.

Not so fast, George, the forecast for the next week shows highs in the 70s. Maybe a few weeks from now he’ll have something to write about—a story about the abnormal weather of June.

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