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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.

George Isobar looks at November weather 12.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

You don’t need the white stuff to know that winter is here. After a morning low Saturday of 11° and Sunday of 12°, it’s an obvious fact that autumn has come to an end.

“The temperature stayed below freezing on both of those days,” said local weather observer George Isobar, “and was barely above on Monday.”

That’s when this area finally received its first coating of snow, although it didn’t amount to much. There was barely a trace to be seen Tuesday morning.

“Already December has shown a big contrast to November,” Isobar said. “We had several mornings in the upper 20s, but the daytime highs always made it into the 40s and usually 50s and 60s.”

According to the National Weather Service office in Toledo, the average temperature for the month came in at 4.5° above normal.

The high temperature of 69 was recorded Nov. 8 and the low of 23 came on the 28th. In between were a lot of comfortable fall days—many without a cloud in sight.

“The was one of the driest Novembers on record,” Isobar said. “We ended up with 1.16 inches.”

One of those rains—the storm on Nov. 10—was accompanied by a little thunder. Only a few flakes of snow were observed and no freezing rain occurred.

“It was just a really comfortable month, weatherwise,” Isobar said.

DECEMBER—That won’t be what people are saying Wednesday morning if predictions of snow and sleet come true. Locations to the west and north have had plenty of winter weather already, but the storm forecast for Tuesday night would be the first for this region.

The 30-year span for December shows an average of about nine inches of snow for the month, ranging from just a trace in 2001 to more than 28 inches in 2000.

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