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.

Rain barrels, composting bins available 2012.04.11

Written by David Green.

The Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District has rain barrels and compost tumblers available for purchase.

Rain barrels—Rain barrels have a 50-60 gallon capacity and are made of recycled food grade barrels. Residential grade aluminum screening covers the top and keeps leaves, debris and small insects from entering the barrel.

Each barrel comes with a hose shut-off on the front and a fitting with a cap near the bottom of the barrel which allows multiple barrels to be connected.

Barrels are designed to remain outside year-round. Instructions are provided for installation and use.

Rain barrels cost $70 each.

Compost Tumblers—Compost tumblers are made of recycled materials including a 55-gallon black barrel and a frame made of plastic.

The barrel absorbs heat all day and holds the heat in during the night and does not allow the contents to cool down like an open bin or a stacking bin. A center tube aerates the compost pile and allows excess moisture to drain out. Steel bars inside the barrel break up the compost and fluff it up for better aeration.

Compost tumblers are pest proof and avoid odor problems by controlling moisture and aeration.

Compost tumbler kits come with all necessary pieces and full assembly instructions as well as general use instructions.

Compost tumbler kits cost $142 each.

For more informtion or to purchase a rain barrel or compost tumbler, call the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District at 419/337-9217, visit the office located at 8770 St. Rt. 108 in Wauseon, or visit www.fultoncountyoh.com/swcd.

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