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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.

Dan Long battling leukemia 2010.05.26

Written by David Green.

dan_long.jpgThings were looking up for Morenci’s Dan Long.

He completed training as a dog groomer, bought a building downtown and opened a grooming service.

That was late February. Shortly after he opened the business—and on his birthday, no less—he was diagnosed with acute lymphocystic leukemia (ALL). Three days later he started chemotherapy.

“My life turned upside down very quickly,” Dan said.

ALL generally strikes children, such as Kellen Keiser of Fayette. The victim’s bone marrow develops an abnormal white blood cell that crowds out the healthy cells. The risk of infection grows, and that’s what has kept Dan out of his new business.

“My doctor said she can treat human diseases, but doesn’t know how my body might react to an animal disease.”

He’s experiencing a lot of fatigue and some nausea from the oral chemotherapy, also, which would make working difficult.

Chemo can put the cancer in remission, but not necessarily for good. That’s where a bone marrow transplant comes into play and Dan is now on the national registry with hopes of receiving a transplant at the Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit.

Anyone interested in becoming a marrow donor should speak to Dan or visit the national registry website.

“It would not only help me,” he said, “but anyone else who has an autoimmune disorder or other forms of cancer.”

Dan intends to muster the strength to complete a speaking engagement at the Auburn Hills Relay for Life event Saturday, then return to Morenci for a special event in his honor—a fund-raiser at Morenci Skateland to collect donations for the Long family.

It’s going to be a long day, Dan said, but he says he will be at the party.


The “Donations for Dan” benefit concert is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Morenci Skateland. Various activities are planned in addition to the performances that get underway at 3 p.m.

DJ John Phenomenon will provide music and performances are scheduled by HiZe, Born in Rough Days Entertainment and Dem Ohio Boyz. There will also be a return visit from Universal Records recording artist J-Billz.

A $5 fee will be charged and donations will be taken throughout the day.

DINNER—The Longs will benefit from a second event scheduled June 5 at the Morenci Sportsman’s Club on Mulberry Road.

A $5 all-you-eat spaghetti dinner will begin at 5 p.m., followed by entertainment starting at 8 p.m.

A 50/50 drawing, raffles and an auction are planned, as well as tarot card readings and live entertainment. Raffle prizes include a large-screen television and Sauder furniture.

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