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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.

Morenci's Labor Day bridge walk set 9.02.09

Written by David Green.

The year’s Labor Day Bridge Walk hasn’t completely gone to the dogs. There’s something for humans, too.

The annual event has a “Dog Days of Summer” theme this year in which dog owners are invited to bring their pets along for the big walk across the bridge.

Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce members are feeling generous, too. A drawing is planned to give away $50 worth of Morenci Money, maybe even two $50 prizes. Everyone who shows up at the bridge can take a ticket for a chance to win.

The event begins at 11 a.m. Monday, but show up early to buy this year’s bridge walk t-shirt or to check out the plants offered for sale by Morenci Garden Club. T-shirts are also available at Johnson’s Hardware, Stair Public Library and United Bank and Trust.

Look for a collection of guest speakers again this year, including former state senator Jim Berryman who claims to have never missed any of the previous 14 walks. Anyone who wants to address the crowd has up to 60 seconds to get their point across. It’s a short bridge and a short walk, so the speeches stay short as well.

For anyone not familiar with the event, Morenci’s walk crosses a century-old truss bridge that was taken apart in Hillsdale County, refurbished and reassembled over Silver Creek on the south side of Morenci. Walkers also have the opportunity to cross the historic Van Wagoner bridge on East Street South—the standard bridge walk location before the old pedestrian bridge was installed.

Morenci bridge walk crosses what’s billed as Michigan’s southern-most bridge. The event is a spoof of what occurs at the same time at the top of the Lower Peninsula where more than 50,000  walkers cross the five-mile long Mackinac Bridge.

Morenci’s bridge measures just 83 feet, so set aside a few minutes Monday morning for a short stroll.

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