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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.

Going batty at Fayette's library 2012.10.26

Written by David Green.

bat.boyHow long have bats been around?

Fossilized bats have been found dating back 40 to 55 million years ago, said Amanda Podach, educator for the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation office in Wauseon. They coexisted with dinosaurs.

Amanda visited Fayette’s after-school program Thursday at Normal Memorial Library, and brought along a freeze-dried bat for students to examine.

The bat gets a bad rap, needlessly frightening people, but it plays an important role in the ecosystem. The little brown bat—the species common to this area—is capable of eating 600 moths and mosquitoes in an hour, every night of the summer.

“That’s a big eater,” Amanda said.

Can bats bite? Of course, Amanda said, but anything with a mouth can bite. Bats don’t want anything to do with humans, and when a “giant” person approaches a small bat, the bat might act aggressively for self-protection.

There is a vampire bat, she said, but it lives far away in South America. The vampire bat has a numbing solution in its saliva that numbs the skin of a sleeping cow. The bat then makes a slit in the skin and laps up the blood like a cat. The cow sleeps right through the feeding.

There are more than a thousand species of bats spread around every continent but Antarctica, including one with a wingspan as wide as a human is tall.

It’s the only flying mammal, Amanda said, and an important member of the animal world.

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