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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.

Fayette sewer work starting 2013.01.09

Written by David Green.

Construction is expected to start soon for Fayette’s large sewer project. The work will remove the remaining combined sewer lines that mix storm water with septic waste and result in overflows of sewage into Spring Creek.

“I didn’t anticipate a winter start,” said village administrator Steven Blue, “but that probably helped us get a lower price.”

The bids for all phases of the project came in lower than expected.

Because many streets will be torn up for a long period of time, Blue said construction will begin in an area where a street isn’t involved. Equipment will begin digging near the lift station located north of Main Street on the east edge of the village and continue north near the trailer park toward the sewage treatment plant.

Another work crew will begin installing a liner in the main interceptor lines that are considered in good shape and not in need of replacement. The lining is applied as a wet, stretchy material that hardens into a smooth surface as it dries. The lining will further extend the life of the lines.

Blue estimates the entire project will take at least seven months and during that time, many streets will be in a rough condition until the final paving.

“Side streets are likely to be backfilled with stone until paved,” he said. 

Strips of stone will follow sewer lines where digging occurred, and final paving isn’t expected until all construction is complete.

Construction that involves U.S. 20 has to wait until spring when clearance is given by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The village is making use of a grant that will cover half the cost of paving most of the village streets not affected by the sewer construction. Blue expects that might occur at the same time as paving the construction-damaged streets. He’s hoping the same paving company would come through with the winning bid to provide a lower cost.

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