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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.

Fayette to get its first Habitat for Humanity home 7.8.09

Written by David Green.

Excavation is expected to get underway next month for Fayette’s first Habitat for Humanity house.

Construction should begin in September, said Habitat’s Fulton County executive director Kristene Clark, in order for the building’s exterior to be completed before the arrival of cold weather.

Property for the house in the 500 block of S. Gorham Street was purchased Wednesday from Beaverson Real Estate.

The Fulton County Habitat group recently started on its twelfth home, Clark said, and a three-year goal calls for at least one home in every community.

Interest shown by Fayette residents made that community a good choice for the next project.

“We’ve had volunteers from Fayette help on the last two Habitat homes and one of the churches expressed interest in helping,” Clark said. “We felt we had the support needed in Fayette.”

In addition, a family applied for home ownership and listed Fayette as its first choice for residency.

At an informational meeting, prospective Habitat families learn about the organization and review the criteria for home ownership. A site visit is made to a family’s current residence and the Habitat board considers its need for housing before making a decision about whether or not to accept the family.

Need, ability to pay and willingness to partner are the chief criteria for the board to consider, Clark said.

A family has been accepted for the Fayette home, but not assigned since it hasn’t yet completed the requirement of 100 hours of “sweat equity” helping with other Habitat projects.

Clark said the family is very motivated and she’s not worried about its ability to complete requirements. When a family is assigned, home education and home buying courses must be completed.

Habitat for Humanity is described as a nonprofit, charitable, faith-based housing organization whose purpose is to assist in increasing production of affordable housing. The organization helps build “simple, decent and affordable houses” and provides interest-free mortgages to families that would otherwise not be able to purchase their own home.

Through donations of labor and some materials, Habitat for Humanity organizes the construction.

Clark said Fulton County was once part of the Maumee Valley (Lucas County) Habitat group but in 2007 a Fulton branch was organized.

“We started off building one house a year and increased that to two houses a year,” she said. “We have the families and the need.”

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