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's Labor Day Bridge Walk set 2011.08.17

Written by David Green.

It doesn’t take a long time to participate in Morenci’s annual Labor Day Bridge Walk.

The community’s answer to the famous walk across the Straits of Mackinac involves a much shorter bridge and speeches by visiting dignitaries are limited to just 60 seconds.

Walkers will travel across the historic truss bridge over Silver Creek on Labor Day morning. Those with the stamina can also stroll across the historic Van Wagner Bridge that carries traffic over Silver Creek.

Money raised from the sale of T-shirts for this year’s event will support Morenci’s Junior Garden Club and its efforts to beautify the downtown with large sidewalk planters. Many of the planters are in need of repair, replacing and painting.

Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce members set an Aug. 18 deadline for area businesses and organizations to sign up for sponsorship on the commemorative T-shirt. Contact city hall for details.

Look for additional information about this year’s bridge walk in the next two issues of the Observer.

CARDS—Chamber Discount Cards—offering special prices at area businesses—are now on sale for $5 each through the end of the year. Proceeds support the festival fireworks fund.

FACADES—Sept. 1 is the deadline for façade improvement grants through the Chamber. Up to $250 will available for pre-approved projects. 

Applications should be taken to Leasa Slocum at city hall.

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