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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.

2012.12.05 David Marvin: HIV testing program was a success

Written by David Green.

Do you know that one out of five individuals with HIV is not aware that they are infected?

I have had the privilege to volunteer with the HIV/AIDS/Resource Center (HARC) at Siena Heights University. HARC is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing HIV related services to the community through compassionate direct care, prevention, and outreach activities.

On Monday, Nov. 26, HARC staff offered free anonymous HIV testing from 5 to 9 p.m. at Siena Heights in Adrian at Dominican Hall. The testing was open to all members of the Lenawee County community. This was the first time in Lenawee County in about 10 years to get tested free of charge and anonymously, without a physician's order. Lenawee County Health Department, located at 1040 S. Winter St., suite 2328, offers condoms for a donation.

Here are some facts that are eye opening to me and may be to others in the community. The numbers are daunting—19,500 Michigan residents are currently living with HIV. Over 12,000 of these individuals live in Southeast Michigan. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the age of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV. Youths as young age as 13 years of age can be tested without parent or guardian consent. HIV can affect any individual no matter your age, ethnicity/race, and sexual orientation.

For more information, visit www.hivaidsresource.org or www.cdc.gov.

We are hoping to have another testing for citizens in the community in the near future. Get tested, it may save your life.

– Scott A. Marvin

Diversity Outreach Coordinator (Lenawee RICC), Adrian

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