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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.

Fayette Music Fest coming up 08.18.2010

Written by David Green.

Music, food and fun is all on tap Saturday in Fayette at the third annual Music Fest scheduled from 4 p.m. to midnight.

The Lazy River Band is scheduled for a four-hour show beginning at 8 p.m. The group plays a variety of music—classic rock, country and contemporary—that will offer something for all ages.

Band members are from Adrian, Blissfield, Petersburg and Monroe, and the group has performed throughout the northwest Ohio/southeast Michigan area.

Following a cancelation by another singer, the Northern Lights band will fill the 5 to 7 p.m. slot to open the festival.

Lead singer Jimmy Holbrook of Bryan describes his band’s sound as art rock.

“It’s really a combination of blues, rock, soul and gospel influences that’s blended together to create what we call our own sound.”

The band plays some original material and also offers renditions of classics, but don’t expect them to sound like the originals. A fast-paced country tune might be slowed down to bluesy style, for example.

“We don’t want to sound like the people we’ve borrowed the music from,” Holbrook said. “We try to keep it as creative as possible.”

Joining Holbrook on the stage is Joolz Routen on electric guitar and Todd Beevers on drums. Holbrook plays acoustic guitar and harmonica.

The Music Fest is scheduled inside the fence at the running track off Eagle Street.

A hog roast is planned, along with a beer tent and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

The Music Fest is sponsored by the Fayette Parks and Recreation Board and proceeds benefit park activities.

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