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.

City of Bryan starting solar installation 2011.12.07

Written by David Green.

The City of Bryan broke ground Tuesday for a 2-megawatt solar array costing $7.42 million. The system will be among the first solar arrays in Ohio to supply power to a municipality.

 Key Government Finance will lease the solar array to the city of Bryan, which will have the option to extend the lease or purchase the system after the initial 10-year lease term expires.

 The project will create about 60 construction jobs and will sustain another 300 manufacturing jobs in Ohio. The solar array will be complete in February 2012.

 The solar array is expected to produce 2.666 megawatts per year for the Bryan Municipal electrical infrastructure, representing 1.0 percent of the power required by the city and reducing the peak load demand for the city. The solar array is considered a long-term asset for the City of Bryan, providing some power at a stable rate that is independent of other sources.

First Solar, of Perrysburg, will supply the 24,000 solar modules. Nextronex, of Toledo, will manufacture the inverters and API, Inc., of Ridgeville Corners, will provide the racks for the modules.

The array will be built on 12 acres of a well field owned by the City of Bryan. City officials plan to use the property as a future water supply as well as a power source. 

Unique features of the project include:

• The system will use the “distributed architecture” approach, in which all inverters are linked to track at maximum efficiency and extend the life of the equipment.

• The solar array will use thin-firm Cadmium/Telluride modules that produce more electricity and allow energy to be harvested for longer periods during daylight hours.

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