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.

Morenci students part of art show 03.03.10

Written by David Green.

Five art pieces from Morenci Elementary School students were part of the annual Region III art show at the Adrian College Stubnitz Gallery. The show ended Sunday.

School art instructors who are members of the Michigan Art Education Association may enter up to five works of art from each school level.

Heidi Drake entered the works by the following students in the juried show:

• Layla Marshall, “Self Portrait” in oil pastel;

• Wyatt Keller, “Picasso Style Portrait” in oil pastel;

• Mackenzie Russell, “Amber,” a Mark Rothko style abstract expressionist oil pastel painting;

• Walker Whitehouse, “Happy and Healthy,” a self portrait of brushing teeth in tempera paint;

• and Jasmine Crowell, “Happy Child,” a twist tie sculpted drawing.

Region III consists of Monroe, Washtenaw, and Lenawee counties.  Works by four of Mrs. Drake’s students  (Keller, Marshall, Russell, and Crowell) were selected to advance to the next phase of competition in Lansing.

If chosen at the Lansing show, their work will become part of the state’s “Top 30 Show,” and will be displayed in various locations around the state including the Michigan Art Education Association Annual State Convention, scheduled in Detroit this fall.

“Only 15 works are selected for the elementary division of the Top 30,” Mrs. Drake said. “The other 15 come from the middle school division, so I am pretty humbled and honored.”

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