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.

Meeting to discuss Bean Creek natural features 6.17.09

Written by David Green.

A public meeting about the natural feature areas of Bean Creek is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 18 at the Hudson Middle School gymnasium. The meeting is organized by the Lenawee Conservation District.

The meeting will review results of a Bean Creek survey taken in March, and also solicit additional information from area residents on special areas in the Bean Creek watershed.

The Lenawee Conservation District office received a $10,000 grant from Maumee Valley Resource Conservation and Development—a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture formed to improve the economy and environment of a 10-county section of Northwest Ohio.

The grant provided funds to encourage the organization of local watershed partnerships among various groups and individuals with an interest in Bean Creek.

Judy Holcomb of the Conservation District office looks for a diversity of opinions in forming a Bean Creek marketing plan to “enhance visibility, strengthen partnerships and increase awareness of the importance of protecting watershed resources.”

Holcomb said in March that bank erosion and sedimentation in the river are the top two water quality issues. A best management practice will be developed, she said, that could include some dredging.

One question on the survey asked if Bean Creek should be designated as a county drain, but Lenawee County Drain Commissioner Steven May said his office has no interest in tackling a project of that scale.

Holcomb said she looks forward to giving watershed residents an opportunity to connect with a local natural feature and take a person interest in an important resource.

For more information about the meeting, contact the Lenawee Conservation District office at 517/263-7400, ext. 5.

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