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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.

Gems and mineral show at fairgrounds. 2012.05.23

Written by David Green.

A wire wrap jewelry artist and a spool knitting expert are the featured guests at this year’s State Line Gem and Mineral Society show. The annual program is scheduled June 1-3 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon.

The 51st annual show, “Still Rockin’,” will feature a variety of demonstrations and displays throughout the weekend.

Wire wrap jewelry artist Alice Turner and spool knitting expert Grit (Irwin) Turner are well known in the lapidary community and have taught at the William Holland School of Lapidary in Young Harris, Ga.

The Turners live in Holt, Mich., and attend various rock, gem and jewelry shows throughout the Midwest. They teach on an individual basis in their home and Alice has created a DVD of her custom wire wrap jewelry. 

The Turners will show their work and demonstrate their techniques during the show.

“It started with collecting and evolved into sharing and teaching others,” said Alice, explaining their love of passing on their skills to others.

The Turners belong to the Central Michigan Lapidary and Mineral Society of East Lansing. Alice has created jewelry for 28 years and Grit has done intricate spool knitting of copper, silver and gold chain for 25 years.

Educational demonstrations are planned throughout the weekend, including geode cracking, cabochon cutting, soapstone carving and flint knapping.

Rock, mineral, fossil and crystal collections will be on display and dealers will be on hand. Refreshments will available, along with children’s activities, door prizes and a raffle. 

The show will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, June 1; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3. A raffle is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 517/ 263-1669.

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