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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Fayette school gets new lighting 2011.10.26

Written by David Green.

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ASSEMBLY—Aaron Brehm of Fayette (left) and Rick Harris of Defiance assemble the new fluorescent light fixtures that were placed in Fayette’s two gymnasiums and in the ag shop area. The men work for Gem, Inc., of Walbridge.

A rebate project through First Energy resulted in new light fixtures for the Fayette school.

Ohio utilities face an order to reduce electrical consumption by existing customers, explained Fayette school superintendent Russ Griggs, and one of the approaches is an offer to switch to more efficient light fixtures.

Although Fayette’s school is rather new,  advances in energy efficiency will result from the new bulbs and fixtures.

Classroom lighting will remain the same due to the type of units in place because the ballast configuration will not work with the high efficiency bulbs. However, there are now plenty of spare bulbs available for classrooms after the hallway and storage area lighting was replaced.

The large metal halite gymnasium light fixtures were replaced with banks of high-efficiency fluorescent lighting. The new lights become bright immediately and don’t require the “warming up” period of metal halite bulbs.

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