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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.

Ground broken for Fayette wind turbine 09.09.2010

Written by David Green.

p.ground_break.jpgConsider it one big Christmas present, because by the time Dec. 25 rolls around, the Fayette school district should be generating lots of electricity from the wind turbine that will stand behind the school.

A ceremonial ground-breaking involved students and a variety of construction officials Wednesday morning to mark the beginning of the project.

This is the first turbine project for the Buehrer Group architectural firm, the company that also handled the design of the new school. Henning USU serves as the project contractor and the equipment was purchased from Engineered Process Systems of Huron, Ohio.

The 40-meter tower will support a 250kW turbine, standing on a concrete base measuring 30 feet square and six feet deep.

A pair of 15-meter blades will give the unit a 30-meter diameter. Fayette’s turbine will be the largest school-owned wind turbine in Ohio.

Once the base is poured and given two weeks to cure, the turbine is expected to be erected within two or three days.

Mike  Specek of Engineered Process Systems estimates the turbine will supply about 60 percent of the school’s electrical needs. During the days when excess power is generated, electricity will feed into the grid and the school will receive credit for electricity created.

The turbine blades will begin spinning in a minimum wind of eight miles an hour. The system will be designed to operate with a maximum wind speed of 40 miles an hour.

Costs

Superintendent of Schools Russ Griggs began investigating the purchase of a turbine after learning that about $600,000 was left over from the school construction project, funded in large part through the Ohio School Facilities Commission. The money could not be used for school operation, programming or athletic facilities and would have to be returned to the state if not used. An additional $265,000 in interest was added to the pot.

The district received a $200,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Development to complete funding for approximate $1.1 million cost.

The project includes a maintenance fund for servicing the unit.

The district is expected to save about $50,000 annually in electrical costs.

Foundation work is expected to be completed this month, along with preliminary electrical work.

The turbine is scheduled for delivery Nov. 1 and erection completed by the end of the month. The turbine should be in commission and generating electricity before the new year arrives.

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