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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    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.

Bird houses available 03.16.2011

Written by David Green.

With spring approaching, it’s time to check and clean wildlife houses.

Now is the time of year to install new houses for the birds returning from the south. New houses should be mounted by the middle of March so that any early arrivals will have houses.

It is important to rid houses of any nest debris left over from last year’s residents. Birds like to start new each year and rebuild their nests.

The Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District has fully assembled houses for bluebirds, house wrens, wood ducks, squirrels, bats, and more available for sale. The houses are sold at a low cost to promote wildlife and to provide natural insect control. Birds and bats are a natural alternative to spraying chemicals.

The houses are available in a variety of styles and types of wood. They are designed for easy cleaning after the nesting season is over. Included with each house is a set of instructions detailing the mounting and the care of each house. Building plans for wildlife houses and feeders are available free of charge to those who wish to build their own.

Also available for sale is a variety of bird, bat, and squirrel feeders. The bird feeders are made of high quality cedar with flip-up lids for easy cleaning. Colorful booklets describing specific birds, bats, and butterflies are also for sale.

For more information or to see items on display, visit the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District office located at 8770 St. Rte. 108, Suite B, in Wauseon, across from the fairgrounds. Orders may also be placed at www.fultoncountyoh.com/swcd.

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