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.

Flower/gift shop opens in Fayette 2009.09.30

Written by David Green.

Dee Potter didn’t like making the drive to Wauseon or Archbold to find just the right gift for special occasions, so she decided to open her own store.

Fayette Floral and Gifts opened downtown last week at 101 N. Fayette St. (in the former pharmacy building) and a grand opening is planned Oct. 31.

She and building owner Tom Spiess have talked about bringing new businesses to downtown Fayette. What they came up with pleases both of them.

Spiess has worked in recent years to make the space available for local artists to show and sell their creations. Local art work will take care of the “gifts” portion of the shop.

In the store currently are wooden bowls made by Ray Ramsdell, paintings and crafts by Ann Schang and Bev Biddix, woodwork by Dan Shock, candles and lotions by Brenda Schang and art work by Rebecca Lovelace.

They’re offered at a range of prices, Potter said, from a couple dollars on up.

Fayette native Brooke (Willis) Right has returned to the community and she’s handling the floral side of the business. She’s worked as a florist and horticulturist since 1993 and she moved back to Fayette to be closer to her family.

The store will carry live and silk plants, fresh flowers, cards and helium balloons. Delivery to area communities will be available for weddings, funerals and other events.

The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Orders can be placed around the clock by visiting the website at www.fayettefloralandgifts.biz. The phone number is 419/237-3333.

“I’m a Fayette native,” Potter said, “and I want to give back to Fayette.”

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