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.

Fayette recycling center moving 1.06.2010

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette is expected to soon have a new location for its recycling center as the village works with township officials to jointly offer the service to area residents.

The existing recycling center at the village barn is no longer large enough to handle the volume of material, said village administrator Amy Metz, and a partnership with Gorham Township is underway.

The township and village are working together to open a new center near the intersection of Ohio and Water streets near Fayette Feed Mill, but arrangements at that location are not yet final.

Saturday is the final day for the center to be open at the village barn. On the next recycling day, Feb. 13, a new location should be ready.

The center is open from 9 a.m. until noon on the second Saturday of each month, but the drop-off bin is available at all times for recyclable #1 and #2 plastics plus “tin” and aluminum cans.

PRESIDENT—At an organizational meeting Jan. 4, Julia Ruger was chosen council president to lead meetings when mayor Ruth Marlatt is absent.

TELEPHONE—Council voted at the Dec. 22 meeting to change its telephone provider from Verizon to Time Warner with an expected savings of 50 percent.

RECORDS—Council voted to allow the disposal of village records following a “records commission” process that determined which documents could be destroyed.

PAST DUE—Councilors reviewed a letter to be sent to property owners who are six months overdue on utility accounts. The letter gives 30 days to pay the outstanding balance before it is added to the property tax assessment.

RETIREMENT—A resolution was presented to establish an early retirement plan for village employees.

APPOINTMENTS—Keith Massie was appointed to the zoning board. Arlene Canfield and Lowell Beaverson were appointed to the tree commission.

ATTORNEY—Tom Thompson of the Bish, Butler, Thompson and Richards legal firm was hired as the village solicitor. The firm is located in Bryan.

REVIEW—Interim mayor Craig Rower presented a review of the past year, highlighting accomplishments and noting a two percent decrease in spending and reduction in the 2010 budget of nearly 16 percent.

PARK—A year-end report written by Scott Wagner was read in his absence. The summer ball program involved 103 children. In adult softball there were 10 co-ed teams and 13 men’s teams.

Wagner noted the lack of flag football in the fall due to a drop in participation, but he hopes interest will return in 2010.

Wagner said he will not seek the position of park director in 2010.

CHANGE—The next council meeting is scheduled Jan. 13. At that time, council will decide on a day and time for meetings in 2010.

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