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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.

Two Seneca Twp. trustees eyed for recall 10.21.09

Written by David Green.

A recall petition was filed last month at the Lenawee County clerk’s office seeking the removal of two Seneca Township officials.

Township resident Dayna Cordts filed the recall petition Sept. 24 in an effort to remove township clerk Allison Ott and treasurer Marie Meinke.

If Cordts obtains the signatures of 98 registered township voters on each petition by Nov. 20, a special election could be scheduled Feb. 23, 2010. The petition is valid for 180 days, explained county clerk Roxann Holloway, and an election could also be scheduled in May. The township will bear the cost of the election.

The recall petition alleges rude and disrespectful behavior shown by Ott and Meinke during the Sept. 14 township meeting. The petition also faults the pair for voting in favor of enforcing a special use permit for Cordts’s child care facility.

A special use permit was approved Aug. 3 by the township planning commission for Cordts to operate a child care facility in an area zoned for residential use.

Vague wording in the township zoning book has led to problems with the issue. The original permit issued September 2008 called for an enclosed area of at least 5,000 square feet inside a fence, as required in the zoning book.

However, Cordts pointed out the word “fence” is not used in the book in relation to child care centers. Instead, it calls for an area to be screened from adjacent lots.

Furthermore, Cordts claims the requirement does not apply to her property because her facility is designated   a day care group home (for seven to 12 children). The ordinance refers only to nursery schools, day nurseries and child care centers.

Because Cordts did not erect a fence by the June 1, 2009, deadline, her permit was voided and she applied again. The planning commission approved the permit and when it was issued to Cordts, it again included the fence requirement.

Planning commission chair Bob Walton said later he wasn’t aware that the second permit included a fence requirement.

This was followed by the 3-2 Sept. 14 vote to enforce the permit and to report Cordts to state licensing officials if she didn’t comply.

This action is also mentioned on the recall petition.

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