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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    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.

Schoonover National Wildlife Area to be burned 4.21.10

Written by David Green.

Clouds of smoke near the intersection of Canandaigua Road and Medina Road might not bring a response from area fire departments. Field fires in the area during the next two weeks will likely be part of the periodic prescribed burn at the Schoonover Waterfowl Production Area east of Canandaigua.

More than 50 acres of grassland is scheduled to be burned between now and May 7, depending on weather conditions and personnel.

Schoonover is part of the Ottawa National Wildlife Area encompassing 9,000 acres located predominantly in northwest Ohio.

The controlled burn rejuvenates native prairies and marshes, while discouraging shrubs and trees from establishing. Fire also helps warm season grasses germinate, and helps manage a balance between the open water at Schoonover and the wetland plants.

The 95-acre property became part of the National Wildlife Refuge System in 1991 to preserve wetlands and grasslands for waterfowl and other wildlife. Prairie grasses were planted in the late 1990s. In addition to the open areas, the site includes eight acres of upland woods.

The preserve is open for hunting and trapping as well as wildlife observation and photography.

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