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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.

Farmers' Market opens with tractor day 07.14.2010

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s farmer’s market will take on a little more of the farm Friday with the addition of antique working tractors.

To celebrate the return of the Farmer’s Market on the Opera House Square, areas residents who have restored vintage tractors and tools will pull up their lawn chairs and show off the equipment they have grown up with, and in many cases, continue to operate.

“We want to add to the Friday event by sharing our enjoyment of this hobby with others who are intrigued with the tools of the farming community,” said Fayette Arts Council director Tom Spiess.

The show was inspired by Don Sly when he suggested that others might enjoy seeing his restored 1943 John Deere B and a working model of a 1945 Oliver Cletrack.

Spiess decided he would bring his 1953 Ford 8-N’s and Allis-Chalmers WD 45s to broaden the display for tractor aficionados. The list of interested exhibitors has expanded.

The show is open to all who wish to show off their tractors on and around the Square from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. There are no entry fees and a concessions stand will be available.

Market

For the several years, the Fayette Arts Council has sponsored many events on the Opera House Square—the former site of the old Hotel Central, Treat’s Hotel and the Sohio Filling Station.

The council purchased the land—“at risk” and vacant following the demolition of the service station—with the goal of  transforming it into a green space, a place where people could gather for community events and activities.

One strategy was the development of a farmer’s market, Spiess said, and Friday was chosen to capitalize on the large number of people who travel on weekends from the east and south to lake properties in Indiana and Michigan.

Spiess noted that Fayette is the only village in Fulton County whose Main Street (U.S. 20) is a coast-to-coast Highway. Fayette has the only business district on that route between Toledo and Angola, Ind.

Several summers ago, local farmer Rick Brehm and his family set up a produce stand on the square. Featuring everything from sweet corn and green beans to squash and melons, the family enterprise has become a Friday fixture on the square during the summer season.

“The Brehm’s have developed quite a following” Spiess said. “They offer a wide variety of fresh, locally grown produce for both local consumers and the thousands of vehicle that pass daily through Fayette on their way east and west.”

Following Brehms’ success, the Arts Council invites others to join in.

“If you raise it, grow it, bake it or build it and hope to sell it in an open air market, the Opera House Square offers a location that is hard to beat,” Spiess said.

The market was expected to open earlier in the summer, but weather and scheduling difficulties pushed back the opening to July. Spiess said that there had been some hope that producers of bedding plants and shrubs, and early crops such as rhubarb, strawberries and asparagus might take advantage of the opportunity to set a stand.

“That simply didn’t happen” said Spiess. “The marketing for the early event was not in place and without that, few could be expected to participate.”

With produce now being harvested, the array of vegetables for sale will rapidly grow.

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