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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.

Fayette village council 12.23.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

After working on upgrades to the village sewer system in pieces for more than a decade, Fayette council is ready to tackle the remaining work in one large project.

Councilors voted Dec. 17 to seek funding through the USDA Rural Development office to help finish the sewer work. Many of the village’s sewer lines combine septic waste with storm water and that leads to overflows of sewage in heavy precipitation events.

The application seeks $3.89 million in federal funds, $500,000 from the state and $500,000 from other sources. The village would contribute $150,000 in the $5 million project.

Construction costs are estimated at $3.57 million. Administrative and legal costs, engineering and inspection total another million.

A copy of the pre-application form is available to the public at the village office.

Roberta Acosta of the Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program and Lee Sonnenberg of USDA Rural Development spoke with council members in July, advising them to complete the effort in one large project. The overall cost, they said, would most likely be less with that approach.

Tackling the project in phases doesn’t eliminate the problem, Sonnenberg said, it only extends it.

In addition, Acosta said, if federal funding were given for one phase, the next phase would probably not receive any.

Council members learned that the village’s economic status makes it eligible for the lowest interest rates on loans. A repayment plan might be extended to the maximum of 40 years.

With the existing federal programs, Sonnenberg said, this is a good time to seek financial help.

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