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.

Morenci school weight room policy set 2011.06.15

Written by David Green.

Morenci school’s new weight room policy will go into effect July 1 to allow community use of the facilities.

School athletic director Taz Wallace worked with community members and school staff to create a new policy to address safety and security concerns while maintaining community use of the facility.

“The new policy should allow a safe and structured environment for community members,” Wallace said.

He also expects maintenance of the facility to improve through the changes.

Community members interested in using the weight training room must sign an agreement and pay an annual fee of $35. The fee is good for one year of usage from the date it’s paid. Community members must abide by a set of rules, including use of the facility only when an approved supervisor is present. Those who don’t abide by the rules of the facility and don’t follow the directions of the supervisor will lose the privilege of using the weight room.

The weight room community agreement is available at the high school  office on Page Street and on the school’s website (www.morenci.k12.mi.us). The signed agreement and user fee should be taken to the high school office.

Anyone can apply to serve as a volunteer supervisor, Wallace said. Applications are available at the board of education office. Supervisors will have the same background check and fingerprinting procedure as an assistant coach would experience.

“We want to have the right people in place to supervise,” Wallace said, such as those who are able to guide younger users on how to lift weights appropriately.

Supervisors will sign up for times they’re available to open the weight room and a schedule will be posted at the building. The schedule could change from month to month due to the availability of supervisors, but Wallace said he will work to keep it as consistent as possible.

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