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.

Isobar looks at July weather 2012.08.08

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

That annoying summertime question was finally answered last month: It finally was hot enough for ya—and then some.

“Seven days in the 100s, plus one in late June,” said Morenci climate observer George Isobar. “I feel pretty safe in saying that there’s been nothing like that since the infamous year of 1934.”

The extreme from June at 106° was never matched in July, Isobar said, but four days at 103° plus two at 100° and another at 101° makes July 2012 one to remember—or maybe to try to forget about. 

“Actually, we might be reminded of it again in the future,” Isobar said. “Climate scientists expect more extremes ahead.”

Despite the 100+ days, the mean temperature for the month was “only” 4.3° above normal for July, according to the National Weather Service office in Toledo, because there was often nice cooling at night.

“There were seven nights with temperatures in the 50s to cool things down,” Isobar said,” although there were two occasions where the temperature at 7:30 a.m. stood at 79°. You just knew those days were going to be uncomfortable.”

Isobar said he was completed shocked when he looked at the rainfall total for the month, which came out above average.

“I had the word ”drought” stuck in my head after May and June and a good share of July,” he said. “We had seven-tenths early in the month, then half an inch on July 5. That didn’t go a long way with the previous dryness and the heat.”

An inch and a half fell on the 19th and 20th and another inch later in the month.

“So, surprisingly, we came out ahead for the month,” he said, “but it was a little late.”

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