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.

Nut Wizards, rain barrels are available 10.27

Written by David Green.

A unique tool—the nut wizard—is available for purchase at the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District. The nut wizard will pick up walnuts, acorns or hickory nuts, and comes in three different sizes.

A long handle is attached to a wire egg-shaped basket where the nuts are collected  as the tool rolls over the nuts on the ground.

View the nut wizard at www.fultoncountyoh.com/swcd or stop in at the office located at 8770 St. Rt. 108, in Wauseon, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

The Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District (Fulton SWCD) has rain barrels and tumbling composters available for purchase.  

A rain barrel system collects and stores rainwater from the roof, which would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. The rain barrel supplies free “soft water” which contains no chlorine, lime or calcium and makes it ideal for gardens, flower pots, and car and window washing. 

Lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40 percent of total household water use during the summer. A rain barrel will save most homeowners nearly 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves consumers money. Diverting water from storm drains also decreases the impact of runoff to streams.

A rain barrel system is an easy way to have a consistent supply of clean, fresh water for outdoor use.  

The rain barrels are re-used 55 to 60 gallon food-grade barrels with a hose connector, linking hose connector, and overflow connection.  The top of the barrel contains a screen to catch leaves and insects.

For more information, to see a rain barrel on display, or learn about other services offered, stop in at the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District, located at 8770 St. Rt. 108, Suite B, in Wauseon, across from the fairgrounds, visit www.fultoncountyoh.com/swcd or call 419/337-9217. 

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