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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.

Neighbors: Help clearing walks appreciated 2009.01.14

Written by David Green.

Some people love the snow, a lot of people hate it, but it is a fact of winter in this part of the country. And this year, it just seems to keep on coming.

Another fact of winter is the need to remove snow. Most people get the job done, but not everyone. With the snow depth we’ve had, pedestrian’s are forced to trudge through snow or take the risky choice of walking in the street—not always a safe move with cars slipping around icy roads.

Some residents move in the opposite direction. For each person who never gets around to shoveling, there’s someone else who fills the snow blower with fuel and moves on to a neighbor’s sidewalk and then another sidewalk and then another. They’ll spend time clearing driveways filled in by the city plow. They’ll make the effort to unclog the walk where it goes into a street.

The generosity of these “snow angels” often goes unacknowledged, but seldom unappreciated. Some helpers have the clearing job finished before their neighbor is up. Some are so bundled in winter gear that their identity remains a mystery.

There’s one other winter chore that residents might want to get involved in. It’s not a requirement like clearing the walk. Instead, it’s a matter of personal safety.

If you have a fire hydrant in your yard, you might want to take a little time to make sure it’s visible. Sure, you’re doing a favor for the fire department, but you’re also doing a favor for yourself or your neighbor. Every minute counts in fighting a house fire and fire-fighters can’t afford to take the time needed to clear out around a hydrant.

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