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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 village council 2012.02.08

Written by David Green.

Fayette village council members filled a vacant commission post and voted to accept a proposal for a bleacher upgrade.

Karen King was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Fayette Tree Commission.

Mayor Ruth Marlatt told council that she’s willing to represent Fayette at the Fulton County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) meetings while interim administrator Tom Clemensen is taking classes and is unable to attend.

Marlatt said she already attends the regional planning commission meetings and can attend the CIC while she is in Wauseon.

Clemensen might want to attend the meetings when his class is completed, she said.

The park board gave its approval to a proposal by Pioneer Boy Scout Joseph Stough to repair and paint park bleachers. Council followed with its approval. Stough will handle the cost of the work through fund-raising efforts.

ADMINISTRATOR—In his administrator’s report, Tom Clemensen thanked Brad Ruger of Lake Erie Electrical for going beyond what was expected in helping with the repair of a cracked rotor in the well house phase converter.

Ruger’s company is familiar with the equipment, said mayor Ruth Marlatt, and his assistance is greatly appreciated.

Clemensen noted there was a road collapse at Main and Lawrence due to a wash out. He said this might be a reoccurring problem.

Clemensen said a bid for the next phase of tree trimming came in at $16,122, but only $10,000 is budgeted. He will work with the company to reduce the cost.

Clemensen said he is working on a program to educate customers on excessive water usage.

FEE—Councilor Diane Brubaker said the Government Affairs committee is considering a fee for door-to-door sales people that would cover up to four people. Delta charges $100 and the committee is thinking about the same.

RESOLUTIONS—Council approved a resolution supporting changes in the federal Clean Water Act that would offer more flexibility for communities trying to comply with the law.

Council heard the first reading of a resolution opposing state control of municipal income tax collection.

CANDIDATES—Council members heard from five local candidates. 

Rick Sluter: The Delta police chief is seeking to become the Fulton County Sheriff. He intends to provide better training for the 911 staff and push for better coordination among the county’s various law enforcement agencies.

Abigail (Merillat) Bieber: Bieber is hoping to take over as Fulton County Clerk of Courts. She has a paralegal degree and has taken classes in criminal justice.

She intends to upgrade the software system to enable attorneys to obtain information on-line.

Dean Genter: Genter hopes to win a fourth term as county commissioner. He has experience working with state and federal legislators, and he mentioned completion of the northeast water project and upgrades to the EMS program as recent accomplishments.

Genter said the commissioners had the foresight to raise the county sales tax to offset state and local revenue losses, and need to continue working to keep the county in good financial standing.

Paul Barnaby: Barnaby, another commissioner seeking reëlection, said that communities need to work together.

Scott Haselman: The Swanton resident hopes to remain as the county prosecutor. He said that he’s improved staff communication and reorganized the office for financial savings.

Haselman said he will continue to seek treatment for drug users and jail time for drug sellers.

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