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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.

2008.12.31 Here's what happened

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Let’s review things before we close it up for the year. See if you were paying attention through the previous 52 weeks.

I wrote about an imaginary dog that would be named Fatty Skylark in honor of a cousin.

I looked around my body to read the story that my scars tell.

I considered the benefits of buying one of the dog bark translators created by Csaba Molnar—and decided I didn’t want to know what they’re trying to tell me.

I considered the contents of my peanut butter jar—up to 30 insect fragments per 100 grams, not to mention rodent feces.

I rediscovered Bag Balm at two stores in Fayette and decided I wasn’t too impressed with the smell.

I listened to a radio program that transported me back to the youth hostel at Cape Tormentine and made me wonder what has become of Lily Eng.

I learned that some people are willing to pay more for a used item on eBay than a new item at a store.

I considered obsolete items and skills (changing a typewriter ribbon) and wonder why people still tell you to dial a phone number.

I watched the excellent movie “Into the Wild” and thought about my own forays into less-settled territory. Unlike the guy in the movie, I came back home.

I read about the fancy new toys and devices for babies and young children and read a mother’s words: They don’t need all that stuff; what they really need is us, the parents.

I read the irony of a long life: He who dies last has the fewest friends.

I was chosen to receive a Distinguished Alumni award and managed to turn it into Distinguished Clown.

I read about the characteristics supposedly associated with a particular Zip Code and I managed to anger at least one Lyons resident. Honest, it wasn’t serious.

Similarly, I read about general personality traits associated with geography and welcomed readers to the land of conscientious with a touch of neuroticism.

I contemplated by daughters summer class studying rocks in the Rockies and wondered why I—a person actually interested in rocks—had to stay behind.

I developed an interest in pilot car drivers after hearing stories from one at an Interstate rest stop.

I made my final trip to Berea College, Ky., where students are urged to “drink from the diversity.”

I contemplated the noises in the walls of my house and still wonder if it’s only a bat or two.

I thought of a way for an American wife to get the typical American man to clean the house: Bring in the leaf-blower.

I wrote about Wasilla, Alaska, several weeks before the name Sarah Palin became a household name. The current mayor was angry about cheeseburgers.

With a daughter’s wedding behind me and my son’s soon approaching, I thought back to the oddities of my own wedding. I also wondered if a photo would be taken of the father of the groom dancing with his son. (There wasn’t one. It didn’t happen).

I rediscovered a stack of phonograph albums and considered dusting off the turntable to hear those voices from the past.

I had an encounter with John Hanawalt that brought to mind roadkill of the past, back in the days of working at Morenci Rubber Products.

I attended the 150th anniversary meal at the Congregational Church and encountered faces from the past.

I read about 100 things to eat before you die and learn that picky eaters are considered an evolutionary dead end.

I remember picking fleas off the belly of my sister’s childhood dog, Sam, and I learn that dog fleas jump farther than cat fleas.

I try to survive until Halloween without the heat turned on (it was my wife’s idea) during an extra cold late October.

I learn that your gut bacteria would probably be delighted if you ate some squirrel.

I need to write a reminder: Take wife to a basketball game so she can show the crowd that she’s Queen of the Stairs.

I dared call Tom Saylor “just a football coach” and angered some people who knew otherwise.

That’s it. That’s what I’ve done. And now it’s time for another Year of Writing Foolishly.

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