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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.

Planning commission discusses Whitman drainage 11.4.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci Planning Commission members decided Oct. 19 to follow a recommendation from the Lenawee County Drain Commission office in regard to a drainage issue at Whitman Crossing apartments.

Concern has been expressed in the past about whether the drainage system at the apartment complex is capable of handling storm water.

Engineer David Mitchell of the Drain Commission wrote a letter Sept. 28 suggesting that the City should monitor rainfall.

“It may be beneficial for the City of Morenci to commence logging after every rain event greater than one inch as to how long it takes the basins to become completely dry again,” Mitchell wrote.

He said the drain office recommends that the water stand no more than two days due to concerns about mosquitoes and other health issues.

City clerk/administrator Renée Schroeder contacted Craig Patterson of the Woda Group, the apartment developer, to inform him of the planning commission decision. After several months of logging data, she said, the issue will be addressed again.

Schroeder told Patterson the apartment complex is appreciated, but the drainage issue must be resolved.

She also mentioned that several residents from the area claim they have had more water in their basements since the apartments were constructed.

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