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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.

Morenci walking trail 02.24.2010

Written by David Green.

At a workshop in city hall in October 2008, a couple dozen residents met to discuss a proposed walking path that would connect Wakefield Park to Riverside Park.

The cost of the engineers’ presentation was paid through a grant from the Fay Foundation, but the project was pushed to the side due to the high cost of the project.

Morenci mayor Keith Pennington brought the walking path concept back to the forefront Monday night when he surprised council with an announcement.

A donor is willing to pay Morenci’s 30 percent match of the project if the city succeeds in obtaining a grant through the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.

“Someone wants to pay Morenci’s share and establish a trust fund for maintenance,” Pennington said.

Pennington said he’s met with the donor twice and explained that it’s a real financial commitment to the city and he would need evidence of commitment from the donor prior to submitting an application.

A preliminary design of the project calls for a path from Main Street north along Bean Creek. A pedestrian bridge would carry walkers into Riverside Park where the path would continue. It also calls for a loop in the path between the two parks.

With the bridge and substantial native landscaping, the project could exceed $300,000.

A public hearing is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. March 8, before the council meeting, to collect comment on the proposal and also on a proposed five-year community recreation plan.

Pennington said the donor wishes to remain anonymous at the present time.

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