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.

Doris Leininger remembers the vagabonds 2012.02.01

Written by David Green.

When Doris Leininger read that the Observer was collecting hitch hiking stories, she stopped by to tell some stories that might best be described as vagabond tales.

She presented three recollections from her childhood:

When I was a little girl, probably about eight or nine, we lived just off 127 north of the Triangle [the curves west of Fayette]. My dad was out fixing fence and a man came up to him. This was the first black man I’d ever seen.

“Do you think your missus could fix me something to eat?” he asked.

My father told him to go up by the barn and call to the house.

“Tell her I told her to fix you something,” my father said.

She made a couple of fried egg sandwiches and got a bottle of milk and had my brother, Russell, take it out to him.

The man took the food back out to where my father was working and sat down to eat. When he was done, he put the empty bottle up on the fence post and left.

I was at my cousin’s south of Fayette and stayed overnight. In the morning we went out to the barn to play in the hay mow. It was all loose hay back then.

We climbed the ladder and there lay a man sleeping. We went back down the ladder faster than we went up it.

One day several cars stopped in front of our family’s home and little kids ran out holding pails and headed for the chicken coop. The missus came up to the house and said, “Have you got a chicken to spare? We have someone sick and we need to make them broth.”

About that time my uncle came around the corner holding a gun. It wasn’t loaded. He told them to hit the road.

“Those were hard times,” Doris said. “Some people think these are hard times now. They don’t know what hard times are.”

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