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.

Fayette village council 2011.06.29

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette council members are still seeking a new member to replace Paula Ferguson who announced her resignation earlier in the month.

Councilors retreated to a closed session at the June 22 meeting after hearing brief presentations by two residents willing to fill the vacant post—Brad Merillat and Eugene Rosinski.

After meeting in private for 20 minutes, councilors returned and Fayette mayor Ruth Marlatt announced that a decision would be postponed.

One or two other possible candidates are on vacation, she said, and council decided to await their return before making its choice.

CONSTRUCTION—Due to changes in the Gamble Road widening project, portions of the work will be re-bid and construction will be delayed.

Village administrator Amy Metz told council the project will now begin after the Aug. 6 Bull Thistle Festival. The three-week project is expected to be completed before the start of school on Aug. 25.

Some of the work can be completed before construction begins, Metz said, which should assure completion of the road leading to the school before classes begin.

SURVEY—After only 30 percent of residents near the proposed West Industrial Parkway road resurfacing project returned income survey forms—a requirement for obtaining a grant—a door-to-door effort is now underway in an attempt to reach the required 87 percent return.

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