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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Packaging foam accepted at Morenci recycling center 2012.04.04

Written by David Green.

Visitors to Morenci’s recycling center might have noticed the large collection of packaging foam located along the north wall.

Although there was never any formal announcement, plastic packaging foam can be taken to the center—if it’s clean and free of debris.

Recycling center coordinator Laurie Schisler said she was once talking to Vance Jacobs, owner of Morenci’s Frontier Insulation, and the subject of foam came up.

“People are always asking what to do with it,” Schisler said, and unfortunately her answer was always to throw it away because no recycling was offered.

That changed when Jacobs offered to take foam.

“We really want white packaging or insulation foam,” Jacobs said. 

Foam is sliced an inch thick and ground into beads. After that it’s taken to a facility in Adrian and pressed into sheets of insulation that are used under concrete.

After Jacobs picked up a load recently from the center, he soon discovered a problem. Many pieces of foam have labels or tape on them

“The biggest problem is when labels and cellophane tape are left on,” he said. “It’s got to be clean. We cannot accept packaging foam with labels and tape.”

Labels often are easily removed, but it’s too time consuming for his small staff to tackle the project, so he’s only taking clean foam.

Foam from food use—egg cartons, beverage cups, take-out food containers—can only be brought to the recycling center if it’s clean. Otherwise, those items should be thrown away.

Packaging peanuts are also accepted and used by a local company for shipping parts. Peanuts should be contained in a bag and not mixed in with other foam.

Schisler isn’t present at the recycling center during all of the open hours and she hopes users will cooperate with the restrictions listed.

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