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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.

Meeting to focus on oil and gas issues 2012.03.28

Written by David Green.

 An informational meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. April 5 in Brooklyn to discuss various issues relating to the exploration of oil and gas resources, particularly waste disposal injection wells.

The guest speaker is Dr. Christopher Grobbel, a specialist in environmental policy and law.

West Bay Exploration has requested approval to drill two deep waste injection wells in Norvell Township located north of Wamplers Lake. Due to public concern, the EPA will schedule a public hearing at a later date.

The April 5 meeting is scheduled in advance of the hearing to learn about the possible impact on the River Raisin Watershed and the groundwater resources in the Irish Hills area.

Portions of Jackson, Lenawee, Hilldsale and Washtenaw counties are experiencing considerable oil and gas drilling activity. The large amount of drilling underway near Brooklyn might be experienced in many other areas of southern Michigan.

Jackson County is now reported as the largest oil-producing county in Michigan, with Lenawee in the number three spot.

Organizers of the meeting say the goal of the presentation is to better understand the impact of drilling activities on the environment and how the community can effectively engage in the process. 

Topics of focus include:

• waste disposal injection wells

• preparation for the EPA hearing 

• the impact of oil and gas on water and land resources

• working with local government on environmental ordinances to protect and improve the watershed

• possible financial resources available to communities to enhance and develop recreation and environmental projects.

The meeting is scheduled at Cornerstone Community Church, 201 Constitution Ave., in Brooklyn. When driving into Brooklyn on M-50, turn left at the Big Boy restaurant.

For additional information, call former Morenci resident John Bancroft at 517/945-4822. 

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