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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Summer rec programs begin 2011.06.15

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE–Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? That’s not the case for Fayette youngsters this summer.

Free food, games, crafts and more are on tap every weekday for children through grade 12.

The meal is served at 11:15 each morning, followed by a variety of activities. The Summer Food Service Program meets through Aug. 12 at the park shelter house across from the library to offer “food that’s in when school is out.”

The program is sponsored by the Fayette Parks and Recreation department and directed by Katie Borer who is engaged in a summer internship with the village through Defiance College.

Activities for the summer program include basketball, softball and volleyball basics, bicycle safety and tricks, crafts, a scavenger hunt, piñata making and a visit to the fire hall.

The Northwest Ohio Community Action Coalition is providing food for the program.

Starting next week, the Ohio State Extension Service will also get involved in the program. For six Thursdays starting June 23, activities will be offered that will lead to a prize for those who attend all six sessions. 

MORENCI–Swimming, bowling and park activities are on tap for area children enrolled in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program.

Activities get underway Tuesday, June 21, and continue every Tuesday and Thursday through Aug. 2. The program is based at Wakefield Park and runs from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., rain or shine.

A one-time registration fee of $20 a child covers all scheduled activities. Any child age five and older is invited to sign up.

A registration form was published in last week’s Observer and additional forms are available at city hall. A form must be filled out for each child participating.

Registration and payment is requested by June 16 to help with planning.

Sherri Dillon will again serve as program leader. She will be assisted by teen helpers.

For more information about the Summer Recreation Program, call city hall at 517/458-6828.

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