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.

Ohio EPA presents preferred plan for Fayette cleanup 7.22.09

Written by David Green.

The Ohio EPA is calling for status quo at the site of the former Fayette Tubular Products site and the adjacent property owned by the school district.

At a public meeting July 14, representatives from the Ohio EPA met with village and school officials and area residents to present the preferred plan for cleanup of the site.

A public comment period was initially scheduled to end a week after the hearing, but was later extended until Aug. 3.

Comments and questions about the plan can be submitted for inclusion in the public record by sending e-mail to [email protected] or by writing to: Edward Onyia, 347 N. Dunbridge Rd., Bowling Green, OH 43402.

Comments will be addressed at a later date.

The preferred plan calls for continuation of the ground water filtering system that’s been in operation for several years. The plan also looks for “natural attenuation” of the existing contaminants in which pollutants would break down naturally over time.

Furthermore, the former factory site is to be used only for industrial purposes and the former school site must remain as “green space” in accord with an agreement between the school board and D.H. Holdings, the company charged with cleaning up the site.

The plan calls for creation of a local ordinance to prohibit the use of shallow ground water for potable purposes. Subsurface activities within the contaminated area at the factory site should be prohibited and a floor inspection, maintenance and repair regimen will be undertaken to prevent chemical vapors from migrating into the air.

Additional details about the 40-minute meeting will appear in a later edition of the Observer.

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