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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Trees cut in Morenci 10.07

Written by David Green.

Morenci has 25 fewer trees after cutting and trimming in the last few weeks, and several more will be removed this winter.

Eight dying ash trees were among those cut down, said city superintendent Barney Vanderpool, and there are many more ashes that haven’t yet succumbed to emerald ash borer infestation.

About a dozen need to be cut along Page Street, Vanderpool said, and he expects the city crew will attend to that this winter since there are no overhead wires where the trees are located.

Most of the trees cut were mature maples with hollow wood found in areas of the tree, but Vanderpool was surprised that a few younger maples were also in need of cutting.

“I knew a few trees had to come down,” he said, “but I wasn’t planning to cut that many.”

The ash trees along Page Street were among the first Vanderpool helped plant when he first started working for the city.

“We’ve planted a lot of trees since then,” he said, and it wasn’t just a matter of replacing cut trees.

Many years, he said, more were planted than the number of those removed. He tried to plant 20 trees a year in the past when funding was available.

City clerk/administrator Renée Schroeder said the cost of planting 25 trees—the cost of the trees, the DPW’s labor and equipment usage, and mulch—costs more than $5,000. She’s hoping to obtain grants to pay part of the cost.

With the ash situation, the city isn’t likely to keep pace with the cutting for a while.

“The ashes are really starting to go,” Vanderpool said, and he’s hoping a maple tree pest or disease doesn’t arrive in the future.

As a precaution, the city is planting a different variety of maple, along with hackberry, tulip tree, oak and flowering pear.

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