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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.

Mayor Marlatt gives State of Villlage report 02.02.2011

Written by David Green.

“The citizens of the Village of Fayette would probably agree that 2010 was the year of the sidewalks, trees and the arrival of the Dollar General Store and the wind turbine. These were issues that made the most impact.”

That was the beginning the annual State of the Village report from Fayette mayor Ruth Marlatt.

Marlatt spoke about the beginning of the sidewalk repair program that will be completed in the spring.

“This left a major impression on our citizens and visitors to the community,” she said, and it came as “no small financial burden on the citizens of the village. However, it was accepted and acted upon with dramatic results that show we do have pride in our Village.”

Marlatt also spoke of the importance of tree replacement following the cutting program. A committee will discuss planting efforts.

Marlatt anticipates additional funding through the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) to improve existing housing.

Marlatt reminded council that the Gamble Road widening project leading to the school will begin June 1. Grants totaling $170,000 will help pay for the project and the remaining $75,000 will be filled by a zero-interest loan.

The West Industrial Parkway Project is expected to begin April 1. A grant of $53,390 will be used along with a $56,610 zero-interest loan.

The Long Term Control Plan for eliminating the combined sanitary sewers was approved by the Ohio EPA. This includes a change from installing storm sewers to sanitary sewers, based on the engineering firm’s recommendation. This change would completely eliminate the threat of sewage overflows. Grants and loans are sought from various funding sources.

Marlatt praised its role in making decisions on behalf of the village and for answering the concerns of citizens.

“Responding to them is not always easy,” she said. “Thought, discussion and weighing all the information is vital to a good decision. You have all made many decisions this year that will affect the Village for years to come.”

Marlatt closed by stating that many challenges remain in the future.

“Perseverance and tenacity are the watchwords of our future,” she said. “Working together toward the common goal of a Fayette better set on a path of accomplishment and stability is the plan.”

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