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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.

2010.12.08 Keith Pennington: Thoughts on Skelton incident

Written by David Green.

The leads guiding the searches for the missing boys are slowing. Law enforcement is able to follow up in areas of interest without organizing massive groups.  Where does that leave the rest of us?

As I move about in the community, the one thing I hear over and over again is, “I just want to do something.” Those who were able searched. Those who were not able to search brought food or tended tables. Many who were unable to get out simply watched for news, prayed or wrote cards of encouragement. Every group gave financially.

Neighbors doing something for someone they may not have even known filled a significant need in our community.  The family and all of those associated with the investigation and search thank you. However, doing something for someone else also filled a need in the hearts and minds of those giving of their time. 

In a time of crisis, the “doing” keeps our minds and bodies busy and lessens the anxiety of the moment or situation.  Without keeping busy this anxiety builds and then finds an outlet of despair or criticism.  The one factor that has kept our community so united has been that we have all been “doing” something to help the cause. We are all invested in the search for the boys.  

Many people still feel the need to “do.”  I invite all of you doers to look about at the needs you can continue to fill in our community. There is still time to support the Kiwanis Wishing Tree project. The service club organizes the gift drive every year and the need has never been greater. Hurry and get those stars picked out and the gifts returned this week. 

The Ministerial Association food bank is a year round effort sponsored by area churches. It is housed at the Nazarene Church on the corner of Summit and Coomer Streets and receives food donations weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon.  Look around your own neighborhood.  Bake something, do small repairs or just visit someone who is homebound. Do the things that everyone thinks nostalgically that people in small towns do.

We remain ready and are anxious at a moment’s notice to throw the full effort and resources of the community back into the search to bring the boys home.  However, don’t miss the opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone else in the community. That someone may be you.

– Keith Pennington

Morenci mayor

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