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.

Hospital visiting policy changing 10.28.09

Written by David Green.

The Fulton County Health Center is implementing a temporary visitor restriction policy due to the current flu season.

This year’s season started earlier, with more people becoming ill and younger people appearing to be more susceptible. Many are becoming seriously ill.

As a precaution, the Fulton County Health Center has established a temporary restricted visitor policy to help protect patients, family members other visitors and staff from unnecessary exposure and potential infection.

The restrictions includes the following precautionary measures:  Visitors must be at least 18 years of age; visitors will be limited to two adults per patient; and patients are asked to limit the number of relatives and friends accompanying them to the Emergency Services department, outpatient areas, surgery waiting areas, procedure areas, primary care and specialist physician offices.

If you are over the age of 18 and are considering visiting one of our patients and are experiencing one of the following symptoms (cold, fever, coughing, sneezing) please restrict your visit at this time.

“We are taking these extra measures to insure we have the safest possible environment for our patients and for those under age 18 who are much more vulnerable to the effects of the flu," said E. Dean Beck, administrator.

The policy does not apply to children under 18 who need emergency care, outpatient services or hospitalization.

The following health tips are suggested for the prevention of influenza:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.

• Cough into your sleeve or a tissue. Throw the tissue away and perform hand hygiene.

• Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

Anyone with flu-like symptoms should avoid visiting others in the hospital to prevent exposing those who are already ill or recovering from other health concerns.

If you are ill and must visit, please ask for a mask.

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