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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Forester looks at Fayette trees 6.17.09

Written by David Green.

Fayette is a little heavy on the maples, said Ohio DNR urban forester Stephanie Miller, although a complete survey of the village would likely show more variation.

Miller was in Fayette twice recently to check on the village’s ash trees and to make recommendations on trees considered a hazard.

“The inventory was specific to ash and hazard trees,” Miller said.

Four trees were listed for cutting.

“The top priority in the village is to get the current tree population in safe condition,” she said. “Once that is underway, then we can begin talking about replanting and the other trees.”

Miller said the village shows little diversity and most of the hazard trees are the remnant silver maples planted 75 to 100 years ago.

“A complete inventory would reflect more diversity,” Miller said, “but Fayette is certainly maple heavy.”

Both age and species diversity are critical in protecting a community’s urban forest, Miller said.

“Problems, such as insects, disease, and weather-related issues are usually specific to a plant species or family,” Miller said. “If communities plant less than 10 percent of a tree species and 20 percent of a tree family, then the chances of catastrophic failure due to insect or disease infestations is greatly reduced.”

In the past, Dutch elm disease wiped out boulevard trees in some communities and currently the emerald ash borer is causing a problem. A disease related to maples could be catastrophic to most communities in this part of the country where maple is the dominant tree.

Many trees are of similar age, Miller said, and that can pose a different problem. Creating different age classes will avoid a situation where the majority of the trees reach old age and die at about the same time.

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