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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.

Morenci Garden Club schedules contest 2012.05.02

Written by David Green.

Morenci Garden Club members are out to find the area’s best small-scale gardener by way of a container garden contest.

Organizer Becky Schermerhorn urges gardeners to begin thinking about interesting containers to use for the contest.

“Look around your house, apartment, garage or farm,” she said. “You can plant a flower garden in anything. Buckets, old shoes, chairs, dishpans, pots and pans, a wheelbarrow, old farm equipment—the sky is the limit.”

One of the two prizes offered is for the most unique container used.

Once a container is selected, Schermerhorn says then it’s time to start designing and choosing plants.

“Be sure to use different shapes, sizes, colors and textures,” she said. “You must have at least five plants in your container. So your choices are unlimited to how many varieties you may use. You could go wild at any garden center just looking, thinking, and choosing to create your container garden.”

After planting a container, take a photograph showing the beginning stages, then take three more photos as the plants grow. This will allow judges to see how the container has changed and improved in size and color over the summer.

Photographs and a $5 entry fee should be submitted to any Morenci Garden Club member or dropped off at City Hall by Sept. 5. First prize will be based on the best color and plant combinations. Special awards will be given for the most unique container and also for the container showing the most vigorous growth and healthy plants.

The winners will be announced in the State Line Observer.

Entry forms will be available May 12 at the Morenci Garden Club Geranium Sale at Morenci’s Farmers’ Market location on Main Street. Forms will also be available at the club’s Plant Exchange on June 2 at Wakefield Park.

The public is invited to join in.

“So let’s get our hands dirty and start planting to make this a huge success for the Morenci Garden Club,” Schermerhorn said.

For more information, call her at 458-6914.

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