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.

Tiffany Bates benefit planned 02.10.10

Written by David Green.

A benefit dinner and auction is scheduled March 6 at St. Caspar Catholic Church in Wauseon.

Fayette High School freshman Tiffany Bates was severely burned by her family’s corn burning furnace in October. She spent five weeks at St. Vincent-Mercy Medical Center burn unit recovering from second and third degree burns. Her treatment included skin graft surgery.

Physical and occupational therapy continues every week and she is back in school on a part-time basis.

The benefit poster state’s that “through all the pain and suffering she has endured, she has remained strong and positive, which she attributes to her faith and a tremendous support system of family, friends, church and school staff.  She still faces more surgeries including skin grafts and reconstruction, but feels she is a stronger person because of this.  She is an inspiration to all who know her.”

A free-will offering will be accepted for the meal. Auctions are also planned.

“I feel like the whole point of this is celebrate Tiffany,” said her mother Jenny. “She's still with us and we're so thankful. I want to celebrate the precious gift of life.”

To donate auction item or for more information, contact Lenny Breidenbach,419/337-1161; Andy Stidham, 567/454-0063; Barb Bonfert, 419-708-2517.

Tiffany is the daughter of Dale and Jenny Bates of rural Fayette and the granddaughter of Mary Ellyn and the late Ted Blank of Wauseon, and Ben and Nancy Bates of Fayette.

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