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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.

Dunbar Auto demolition cleared 2011.05.18

Written by David Green.

dunbar.autoThe former Dunbar Auction House on North Street received clearance for demolition from a firm conducting an environmental review of the property.

Morenci mayor Keith Pennington said that some remediation of contaminated soil is expected, but the work will be part of the demolition process.

The building is scheduled to be torn down for the creation of a parking area north of Johnson’s Hardware. The alley used for deliveries to the hardware will be widened and additional parking will be created for the residents of apartments in the area.

Pennington expects the work on the parking area to be completed this year along with the rebuilding of the city parking lots on the south side of Main Street. He said the parking lot where the Dunbar building stands is slated for a n initial gravel surface this year, but that could change.

“We will see how the bids for the whole project come in and make a decision in a couple of months.”

With the favorable environmental report, the city can move forward in purchasing the building and seek demolition bids.

The Observer office might become the last commercial building standing in the area due to problems with old Dr. Raabe office.

Larry and Beverly Sines recently bought the Raabe building from Ken Richardson and Sines said he hopes to preserve the main structure.

The building was tagged May 5 as condemned by building inspector Kevin Arquette due to continued deterioration of the back portion of the building. Sines will have that portion removed and then take a close look at the remainder of the structure.

“I’d like to save it and fix it,” he said. “It’s part of Morenci’s heritage.”

If he determines the building can be preserved, he aims to rebuild the overhang that fell last year when it was struck by a truck.

The building is known as Lenawee County’s first private hospital.

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