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.

Free curbside recycling now offered in Morenci 2012.08.15

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

It’s official now—Morenci residents have free curb recycling if they want it.

Phil Duckham of Modern Waste received city council’s blessing to extend the program to Morenci residents. Modern already provides the service in Hillsdale County and other areas of Lenawee County. Curbside service will begin in Jackson next month.

Duckham said the unique single-stop service is what allows it to be offered at no cost.

Typical curbside recycling programs require customers to sort their recyclable items and a separate truck will pick them up.

Modern’s service only requires that recyclables are placed in a clear plastic bag, no more than three-fourths full. These bags will be placed into Modern’s regular trash truck and sorted later.

A least one Morenci business is selling the clear bags in two sizes.

“It’s free because we’re reducing our disposal costs and making some money off the sale of our recyclables,” Duckham said.

Duckham said the goal of his company is to separate 25 percent of their waste stream from a landfill.

Duckham said that many Morenci residents inadvertently received a notice about curbside pickup before he had the opportunity to speak with city council. He wanted council’s approval because he didn’t want to compete against the city’s successful recycling center.

Duckham said curbside service will be provided throughout the remainder of the contract that expires June 30, 2013. He’s hoping city council will extend the contract for another three years, with the recycling services continuing.

Audience member Colleen Leddy questioned whether the service would always be free. The curbside program could lead to the closure of Morenci’s recycling center. If Modern’s service ended in the future, then the city would not have a center.

“We have about $600,000 invested in our new sorting center,” Duckham said, “and we’re going to make it work.”

City council members voted in favor of the curbside service. Mayor Keith Pennington noted that the only drawback for residents is that some cardboard would have to be cut in order to fit into a bag. On the plus side, Modern accepts all plastics from #1 to #7.

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