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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.

Ohio EPA scheduled public meeting in Fayette 7.1.09

Written by David Green.

Fayette residents will soon have the opportunity to learn what’s next in the clean-up of the former Fayette Tubular Products site.

The Ohio EPA has scheduled a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 14 in the Fayette Opera House to discuss its recommended remediation plan to reduce contamination at the industrial site.

A press release from the agency states that the remediation plan is a document formally called a preferred plan. Ohio EPA staff will answer questions at the meeting and accept oral and written comments.

Fayette Tubular Products manufactured tubing for air conditioning components from 1962 through 1997. Soil and ground water under the site and adjacent properties is contaminated with chlorinated solvents, such as trichloroethylene.

A filtering system continues to clean ground water at the site and the Ohio EPA expects natural processes to also relieve the problem.

The press release states “After reviewing several alternatives, and considering that the Fayette public schools have been moved to another location, Ohio EPA believes engineering and institutional controls and natural attenuation will protect public health and address the contamination. Engineering and institutional controls will restrict access to the soil on-site. Natural attenuation will allow the contaminants to break down naturally over time.”

Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the plan through July 21. Anyone may submit written comments on the preferred plan by writing to Edward Onyia, Site Coordinator, Ohio EPA Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.

Comments may also be faxed to 419)/352-8468 or e-mailed to [email protected]

Ohio EPA will consider all comments received and then will issue a final decision to ensure the site is remediated and maintained in a manner that protects human health and the environment.

The Ohio EPA directs those interested in viewing the preferred plan to Normal Memorial Library, 301 N. Eagle St., Fayette, where documents are available to the public. The most recent documents at the library were issued in 2006.

The plan and related documents can be reviewed at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office by calling Linda Tilse at 419/373-3081 for an appointment.

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