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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.

Fayette group taking rambles 2013.01.16

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

What started off last fall as a pilot program will become a year-long fixture for members and guests of the Fayette Fine Arts Council.

The program is called “The Seasons” and features a special event on the third Wednesday of each month.

The idea behind Seasons is to reacquaint citizens with their community by inviting them to go on a Ramble—tour area historical and cultural  sites—and to meet for luncheons that focus on specific topics.

The pilot program involved eight to 10 people, with arrangements made only word of mouth.

“We wanted to see if there was any interest and to see if the format would work,” said Tom Spiess, who helped organize the program.

It was enough of a success to begin planning programs to cover all four seasons of 2013.

The first Ramble went into Hillsdale County to visit the Will Carleton Poor House. The Poor House was the designated destination, but there were several stops along the way, including the Hillsdale College arboretum, an old cemetery, an orchard and a “drive-by” visit to Lost Nations.

A meal is also included, and the Hillsdale visit featured lunch at the Hunt Club.

Some months the group will stay at home for lunch and a program at the Fayette Opera House. The first luncheon last fall featured Fulton County Historical Society Museum Director, John Swearingen, for a discussion about Native Americans who were displaced in 1840.

The second Ramble went to Hudson for a tour of the Thompson House, Sacred Heart Church, the Methodist Church, the Carnegie Library, and the Hudson Historical Museum.  The meal was at Rumors.

The program is a lot of fun, Spiess said, but it goes well beyond entertainment.

“It has evolved into a learning experience,” said Colleen Rufenacht, who participated in the fall program. “My dream has been to have a place where those that are interested in local history can interact with each other. The short programs and driving tours are a wonderful base for this.”

The new slate of programs will start with a luncheon at the Opera House Feb. 20 with a discussion about the “ghost towns” of the area that no longer exist, such as Ontario, Power’s Station and Ackley Corners.

At the same time, participants will brush up on mapping skills and collect information about the travels of Fayette’s Ginnivan tent show.

A Ramble will travel to Hicksville and another to Adrian. A few afternoon programs may be planned in addition to morning departures

“We think we have plenty of places to go throughout the tri-state area,” Spiess said.

So far, participants have come from Fayette, Waldron and Bryan, but Spiess would like to see people from other communities join in.

“We want this to be open to the general public,“ Rufenacht said. “It is not just intended for Arts Council members.”

When planning for the series is more complete, destinations will be listed along with suggested clothing, the chosen restaurant and an approximate amount of money needed for the day.

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