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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.

George Isobar looks back on March weather 04.06.2011

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Some years we escape snow in April; some years we don’t.

This year was one of the “we don’t” years if you were watching carefully Tuesday.

“We had a few flakes coming down around noon today,” said Morenci weather observer George Isobar, “although it was barely enough to say that it was snowing.”

Many years there’s actually stuff on the ground, he said, and the average over the last 30-odd years is about an inch of snow during April.

“That’s not exactly an accurate representation,” Isobar said. “There were a couple heavy years that skewed the average.”

That would be 1982, for example, when 10.3 inches was measured and 1994 when 7.1 inches fell.

“Many years it’s nothing but a trace, like today’s snow, and, rarely, it’s nothing at all for the entire month,” he said. “It’s supposed to be warming up at least through the start of next week, so maybe we’re finished. We’ve got our trace and we’re done with it now. Maybe.”

Snowfall wasn’t anything too big in March, Isobar said, with a total of 2.1 inches measured. The average for March is about 5.6 inches.

“There are many years when we’ve had a pretty heavy snowfall in March,” he said. “This year nearly all of the snow fell early in the month. In fact, there hasn’t been anything measurable since March 11.

“What we had melted pretty fast. There were only two days in the entire month with a measurable amount on the ground.”

Total precipitation came in at 2.96 inches, right about at the average.

Temperatures ranged from the high of 69° on March 17 to a low of 12 on March 26.

“Morning lows were in the teens on 10 days in March,” Isobar said, “and that led to a colder than usual month.”

According to the Toledo National Weather Service office, the departure from normal was 1.1°. The final nine days of the month were below average, including the 26th when the temperature was 16° below average.

The first thunderstorm of the season was recorded March 20, Isobar said, and the first one of April arrived Monday morning.

“We should have our first 80° day of the season this month, too,” Isobar said, “and probably our first day of the season in which someone is going to complain about how hot it is.”

That’s something most people are going to welcome.

“The snow may be gone, but it sure seems as though winter is lingering,” Isobar said. “When I walked outside Monday morning and it was 60° it felt so balmy and spring-like, but that didn’t last long. I wouldn’t mind getting that feeling again soon.”

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