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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.

Stone carver Sandy Cline to teach at gem show 2011.06.02

Written by David Green.

Well-known stone carving artist Sandy Cline will show his work and offer soapstone carving classes at the annual State Line Gem and Mineral Society show this weekend at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.

The show, “Rockin’ for 50 Years,” celebrates the group’s 50th anniversary and runs Friday through Sunday. Cline’s classes are scheduled Friday and Saturday. For information, call 517/263-1669.

Cline is known as a strong supporter of the arts and taught sculpture at the Haliburton School of Fine Arts in Ontario for 19 years. Seven years ago he began leading five-day workshops at the William Holland School of Lapidary in Young Harris, Ga. The Ontario resident presents seminars are various art schools in Canada and the United States.

Cline takes raw pieces of soapstone and transforms them into a variety of creations. All of his pieces are said to possess a distinct personality that represent wildlife native to his home area.

“Although my studio is in the wilds of Burleigh, Ontario, I feel that the world is at my fingertips,” he said. “Over the past 36 years, my work has traveled to almost every country in the world.”

  “Each piece I make is a statement. I feel I am leaving behind little pieces of me and how I feel, embedded in the sculpture,” he says. “You have to learn to work with the stone, if you try to force it into something it doesn’t want to be, it will break. You become one with the sculpture, and you can feel that it is right.”

Cline says there is a living aspect to every piece of art, and the artist develops a special relationship with the objects created.

See more of Cline’s work at http://www.sandycline.com.

Educational demonstrations are planned throughout the weekend including geode cracking, cabochon cutting, silver casting, flint knapping, beading, wire wrapping, spool knitting, faceting and glass fusing.

Rock, mineral, fossil and crystal collections will be on display and dealers will be on hand. Children’s activities are also scheduled, along with door prizes and a raffle.

The show will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Friday; from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A raffle is scheduled at  2 p.m. Sunday.

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