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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.

Brock Mealer to speak Sunday in Fayette 01.26.2011

Written by David Green.

brock_mealerBy DAVID GREEN

No matter how great the challenge, Brock Mealer knows there’s a way through.

When he visits Fayette High School at 1 p.m. Sunday, Mealer will talk about the adversity he’s overcoming.

One percent is an important number in Mealer’s life. Following a tragic traffic accident three years ago, the Wauseon native was told his chances of ever walking again were less than one percent.

Within a few weeks of the accident, Mealer was able to move his legs while lying in a hospital bed. He knew then he might have a chance of making the one percent.

A few months later he was walking short distances with the help of a walker and full leg braces. He finally decided to accept an offer of help from the University of Michigan strength coaches who knew about Mealer from his brother, Elliott, who played with the Wolverines as an offensive lineman.

While Mealer worked on his master’s degree in economics at Ohio State, he would drive to Ann Arbor for strengthening work, and he sometimes made the drive five times a week. It was worth the effort.

Eventually he was convinced to remove the leg braces and switch to a small ankle brace and through the weeks his legs and hips strengthened.

He put down his crutches and began using two canes to walk short distances. Lately he’s begun walking with the help of only one cane for continued conditioning, although he often still walks with two.

Fayette visit

Mealer frequently tells his story of perseverance and faith to youth groups, and Fayette is on his schedule for Sunday, thanks to the effort of Nancy Cooley who was one of Mealer’s teachers when he was growing up in Wauseon.

“Nancy called him and he said ‘yes’,” explained Rodney Bingman, who is helping organize the event for the Fayette United Methodist Youth (F.U.M.Y.) group.

Mealer’s visit has particular meaning to Bingman, a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“I was a state trooper at this crash,” Bingman said. “I’ve followed Brock since then and Elliott at U of M.”

Many people in Northwest Ohio are aware of the Mealers’ tragedy and of Brock’s recovery.

“He’s someone we can relate to since he’s local,” Bingman said. “He’s an inspiration to everyone.”

Sunday’s event begins with a fund-raising potato dinner sponsored by F.U.M.Y from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bingman said the group had been inactive for some time until he and some other parents decided to reorganize the group last October. There were 11 youths at the first meeting and the number has now grown to 28.

Bingman emphasizes that Brock Mealer’s talk is not just a youth group event but is open to the public.

“We want to touch as many lives as possible,” he said.

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