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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    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.

Stair Public Library to share in grant from Reinhardt Fund 2011.11.30

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s Stair Public Library is among 60 libraries in Michigan to benefit from a grant that will make the interlibrary loan process more efficient.

The grant request was written by the directors of the Bad Axe Area District Library in Bad Axe and the Rawson Memorial District Library in Cass City. The Robert C. Reinhardt Library Fund located in Midland awarded $25,000 for the project.

The money will be used to create custom programming to streamline the interlibrary loan process through MeLCAT, the statewide catalog that allows patrons to borrow materials from libraries throughout the state. The libraries involved in the grant all use the VERSO circulation system.

Currently, libraries using VERSO and MeLCat must access both systems in order to check materials in and out. Custom programming will eliminate this redundancy.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $30,000. The 60 libraries will each contribute $80 to pay the remaining cost. In addition to Morenci, the Blissfield and Tecumseh libraries are the other county libraries that will benefit.

Not only does the grant make the new programming cost-effective for libraries, it will also cut the interlibrary loan processing time  in half.

Robert C. Reinhardt worked in research and marketing at Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Mich., for 30 years. He valued education and reading and believed library resources should be available to everyone. Reinhardt died in 2008.

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