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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 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.

Renee Schroeder has Grandma Fern's glass items 10.06

Written by David Green.

fern_herself.jpgWhen Renée (Allen) Schroeder was a little girl, she often heard the phrase “don’t touch grandma’s pretties” when she went across town to visit her Grandma Fern Allen on Locust Street in Morenci.

She couldn’t help herself. She had to touch those beautiful glass bowls, pitchers, tea cups and other decorative items.

Now it’s Renée’s turn to give a warning to her grandchildren. Fern left many of those items to Renée and when her grandchildren Serena and Sutton come for a visit, they just have to pick them up.

“I don’t get too alarmed,” Renée said. “I just tell them to be careful.”

As a member of the Morenci Garden Club, Renée is taking a turn at filling the display case at Morenci’s Stair Public Library. She visited the library Monday to arrange several pieces of Grandma Fern’s glassware for public display during October.

“Grandma had a lot of shelves, especially in a sitting room off her living room,” Renée recalls. “She had glass shelves built in a window and when the sun would shine in, it was like a prism. There were colors all around the room and they reflected in a large mirror.”

 Renée remembers helping her grandmother prepare for a visit from the Monday Club when some of her special teacups would be used for serving.

“I used to help her get ready for some of those Monday Club  meetings or the Garden Club when it was her turn to be hostess,” she said. “Women did things in a ‘fancy’ way back in the 50s and early 60s. You even had to wear white gloves!”

When it was Renée’s turn to fill the display case, she started thinking about how Grandma Fern was one of the founding members of the Morenci Garden Club in 1953. She decided then to dedicate the month to her.

Renée doesn’t describe herself as a collector. She just likes to hang onto her family treasures.

“Grandma loved antique dishes and so do I,” she said. “I guess I got it from her.”

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