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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 2011.08.03

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s Gamble Road widening project keeps getting better.

The road leading to the school will be widened from 18 to 21 feet, resurfaced and new street lights will be added where needed.

And the cost of the $155,041 project to the village? Only $6,462.

The change in costs is due to a different approach to street lights, explained village administrator Amy Metz at the July council meeting Wednesday.

The project was originally pegged at costing $245,000, but that figure includes $90,000 for new lights that would be owned by the village. If Edison owns the lights, the village will pay $17 a month per light and Edison will handle the maintenance. The village will pay an initial fee of $6,462 for installation.

Metz said that Edison recommends 10 lights, but she expects fewer than that to be installed. Some lighting is already in place along the road.

The village has a CDBG grant of $50,000 to use on the project, plus an Ohio Public Works Commission grant of $120,000. This will cover the cost of construction entirely, without the need to borrow $75,000 as first planned.

Metz will discuss the project in detail with Edison on Aug. 16. A pre-construction meeting was scheduled last week and work is expected to begin after the Aug. 6 Bull Thistle Festival.

Traffic is expected to be maintained in one lane during construction and the project should be completed by the end of August.

In addition to the bad condition of the road, Metz said that concern has been expressed has been expressed by many residents about safety due to the narrow width.

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