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.

Books purchased in memory of Teresa Pontious 9.2.09

Written by David Green.

After the death of Teresa Pontious last March, two of her neighbors—Kelley Burrow and Sally Kruger—talked about making a donation to Morenci’s library in her name.

Sally knew that library director Colleen Leddy wanted to start a story time for babies and toddlers and Kelley knew about Teresa’s love for youngsters.

“Teresa made sure to see Evan [Kelley’s grandson] at least once a day to spend time with him,” Kelley said, “so it was important to me that the preschool program receive the donation.”

Teresa’s husband, Roger, gave his support for the effort, so funds were initially used to buy a collection of “board books”—the sturdy books with heavy cardboard pages enjoyed by toddlers and preschoolers.

Because donations exceeded $100, a plaque was added to the memorial wall in the library’s entryway.

There’s also a label on each book reading, “Purchased in memory of Teresa Pontious.”

“I’m glad they geared it toward little kids because Teresa really loved them,” Roger said. “I really appreciate what they’re doing.”

The new program begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, and runs for eight weeks, until Nov. 16. It’s geared toward babies and toddlers from birth to age two. Activities will include short stories, songs, nursery rhymes, finger plays and the like.

“It’s as much for the parents as the children,“ said Leddy.

Parents should sign up at the library or call 458-6510.

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