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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.

Electrical outage scheduled for Morenci 02.02.2011

Written by David Green.

Morenci will be left in the dark for a few hours this month, although not on the day originally announced.

Consumers Energy media spokesperson Terry DeDoes said that residents received a post card last week stating that a planned outage was scheduled overnight Feb. 6.

“The typical timeframe is overnight,” he said. “We try to use the least inconvenient time.”

After receiving complaints about the plan, the outage was rescheduled to daytime, from noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 13.

Postcards stating the new date will be in the mail this week.

After news of the rescheduled date was circulated, reaction to that plan wasn’t positive, either, with some people saying they would rather sleep through the outage than go without heat, television and kitchen appliances for the afternoon on a winter day.

DeDoes said the first callers were opposed to the overnight outage. State representatives and the Department on Aging even contacted the utility.

“We’re trying to be responsive to the community,” he said about the change in dates.

DeDoes said 1,501 households and businesses will be without power. That includes all of Morenci, along with some township residents served by Midwest Energy.

DeDoes was asked if the work to be done was of an emergency nature that required completion in the winter.

“It can’t be put off too long,” he said. “We work year around and there’s never a convenient time for an outage.”

He added later that the upgrade will strengthen the reliability of the system and should be appreciated by residents in the future.

The purpose of the outage is to replace some of the 46,000 volt transmission lines feeding the city, he said, and to upgrade some equipment in the city substation.

Scheduled outages for upgrades to the system are done regularly throughout Consumer’s service area, DeDoes said, and the work must be done on unpowered lines.

DeDoes said the longest expected work time is scheduled for an outage—seven hours in this case—although the work often takes less time. A previous planned outage here in June 2007 took much less time to complete than what was announced by Consumers.

“The silver lining [in the change to day time] is that crews should be able to work more quickly in daylight,” he said.

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