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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.

"Christmas in Fayette" events planned 2011.11.30

Written by David Green.

Santa Claus is coming to Fayette Friday evening, but there’s much more lined up during the community’s annual “Christmas in Fayette” event.

Santa will arrive at the Opera House via a fire truck at 5:30 p.m. and will listen to children’s wishes until 7 p.m. in the Rorick Gallery on the first floor of the Opera House.

Earlier in the day, shoppers will have the opportunity to shop locally at Fayette businesses. Several stores will offer a customer appreciation treat for anyone who stops by to shop and say hello between 2 and 5 p.m.

The “Shop Local Movement” is part of a growing grass roots initiative to strengthen our national economy by simply supporting local business establishments, said Fayette Chamber of Commerce member Tom Spiess. In addition to saving driving expenses and time, shopping locally rekindles relationships and civic pride.

LIGHTS—”Light-up of Fayette” is scheduled on the Opera House Square from 5:15 to 5:30 p.m. New Christmas decorations will on display downtown.

“This is a special year for the Fayette community thanks to the generosity of the Bull Thistle Committee and the efforts of local residents Tom Franks and David Borer,” Spiess said.

A year ago Franks approached the Chamber of Commerce with a plan to replace the decorations that were made in the late 1990s by students in the high school’s industrial arts classes. The Chamber provided seed money to get the project started and the Bull Thistle Committee came on board with a generous gift to make the project become a financial reality.

“Hard work and skill turned a vision into a reality,” Spiess said.

The Gorham-Fayette Fire Department pitched in to hang the new decorations and this Friday, Fayette will once again light up for the season.

MOVIES—A pair of free family movies will be shown in the Opera House following Santa’s visit. The animated family classics are provided courtesy of the Fayette Opera House and Arts Council.

RAFFLES—With the support of participating merchants, the Chamber will revive the Christmas Raffle that became a tradition in past years. A free ticket will be given to each person who chooses to attend the family film event. Three drawings will take place during the movies to allow all of those in attendance to win a Christmas gift.

CRAFT SHOW—Quality arts and crafts will be on sale at the high school from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday when the Friends 4 the Fields will sponsor their annual Holiday Craft Fair.

MUSIC—The second annual Bean Creek Christmas is scheduled Sunday beginning at 3 p.m. in the Opera House.

The Fayette Arts Council along with several performers from the Bean Creek Coffee House Series will present seasonal music and readings by nearly a dozen local performers.

“This donation-only event is designed to celebrate the season in song and verse,”  Spiess said.

The programming committee, under the leadership of Rebecca Lovelass, has identified talented performers through its winter Bean Creek Coffee House Series to perform on the stage of the Ginnivan Theater for the Christmas Season. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

For ticket reservations, call 419/237-3111 and leave a request. Tickets may be picked up at the door.

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