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.

Petitions submitted for Seneca wind energy referendum 2012.04.25

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township voters are expected to have their say on the wind energy facility ordinance approved by township board members March 12. If referendum petitions are certified by the township clerk, the vote will be part of the August primary ballot.

Ron and Lori Glisson turned petitions  in April 18, collecting about three times more than the minimum needed.

Township clerk Allison Ott said the minimum number of valid signatures required is equal to 15 percent of the township votes cast in the last election for the state governor. For Seneca Township that equated to 55 signatures.

“The responses we received were overwhelmingly positive,” said Lori Glisson. “Many people thanked us for our efforts and gave us encouragement.”

Glisson said many township residents  were unaware of the health and safety issues associated with placement of wind turbines, such as the setback distance, flicker effect, and the sleep disturbance associated with the sound levels of turbines.

“One man told us that he was in favor of turbines, but didn't feel the ordinance passed had enough distance from homes to be safe,” Glisson said. “Some people were concerned about the noise level not being lower, not just at night but all of the time for those who work different shifts.”

Glisson said she and her husband circulated the petitions to give township residents the opportunity to decide if the existing ordinance is of the best interest of residents regarding health and safety.

In March, township board member Chris White, who also serves on the planning commission, said commissioners were looking for a reasonable ordinance that would give property owners the right to use their land as they wanted while protecting the safety of residents.

The Glissons contend that the ordinance falls short in guaranteeing residents’ well-being.

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