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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 Methodist planning community meals 2011.12.14

Written by David Green.

When it comes to having dinner with friends—and even strangers—no one beats the members of the Fayette United Methodist Church.

The church opened for a free community meal last Easter and again on Thanksgiving. Now it’s time to plan the Christmas dinner.

“Originally, we were targeting families who might not be able to provide dinner or those who were eating alone,” said Rev. Kathy Currier. “As the dinners have evolved, we have found that many people in the community who just want to share the holiday with others have come out to enjoy great food and fellowship in the church basement.”

At the recent Thanksgiving meal, 75 dinners were served to residents of Fayette and the surrounding area—many more than the 20-some meals served at Easter.

“We were thrilled to see folks in the community who might not have other plans on the holiday come out and enjoy each others’ company,” Rev. Currier said.

She figures that some people had their holiday celebrations the week before or after the holiday, and found themselves with nowhere to go on Thanksgiving day. 

“The basement was full and we delivered about 25 meals to others in the community who could not get out,” she said.

Church members and friends will provide the Christmas Day dinner, which will include turkey and ham, mashed potatoes, vegetable, cranberry salad, rolls and fresh pies. 

“A Christmas feast!” Rev. Currier says.

Her husband, Jim, organizes the event, and volunteers from the church help serve and greet guests as they arrive.

“We would love to see this community meal grow each year,” she said. “Perhaps in the future we will partner with other Fayette area churches, if it becomes too big for our basement.”

The Christmas dinner is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Christmas day. The church is located at 305 E. Main St.

For additional information or to help with meal delivery, call 419/237-2974 or 237-2322.

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