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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 school turbine to see some idle time 2011.09.08

Written by David Green.

with photo

Fayette school superintendent Russ Griggs has heard people express surprise about the district’s wind turbine in a couple of situations.

Some people are surprised that it doesn’t spin faster on days when the wind is blowing briskly. The answer, Griggs explains, is due to the way the system is built. A more rapid spin isn’t necessary for peak generation of electricity.

He’s also heard comments about the opposite situation—surprise to see the turbines moving in a light wind. That’s a condition that won’t be seen anymore.

It’s possible that wind at the top of the turbine is considerably stronger than what’s felt in the school parking lot, but light winds that put the blades into motion won’t have that effect now that a change was made.

“Adjustments have been made to the wind turbine for it to sleep, or idle, at low wind speeds,” Griggs explained. 

The turbine was set to begin working in a wind as light as seven miles an hour, but that setting was advanced to a higher speed.

“At the lower wind speeds the turbine actually uses more power than it produces to turn the blades into the slow moving winds,” Griggs said. “Electric motors turn the blades into the wind. The adjustment will make the turbine more efficient and reduce wear and tear on the components when not turning.”

When people see an idle turbine, they’re often concerned that it isn’t working correctly,  Griggs said.

“Many people have commented on the times the turbine is not spinning, concerned that it is not working. The idea is to make it work better.”

If the turbine is idle during a strong wind, there are two possible causes. Either the wind speed exceeds the maximum allowed before the unit shuts itself down, or the wind is gusty and shifting direction. In the latter condition the computer system suspects a “turbulent imbalance” and shuts down.

When that happens, a text message is sent to a school maintenance staff member who will make a visual inspection of the unit. If no problem is detected, the turbine is restarted.

Griggs said total production since January is approximately 95,000 kilowatt hours or 31 percent of the electricity used at the school during the current calendar year.

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