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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.

Rehab funds available 1.28

Written by David Green.

There’s still a lot of money available for rental property rehabilitation, reports Dawn Flynn of the Community Action Agency (CAA).

The CAA will assist in determining what repairs are needed and eligible in the rehab program, and will also help locate and work with contractors to get the job done.

The city was awarded $181,424 in December 2006.

“The program will end Dec. 31, 2008, so owners must move rapidly to take advantage of the opportunity,” Flynn said.

Property owners can apply for up to $25,000 per unit for existing rental property or $35,000 per unit for newly created units. Funds are granted in the form of a five-year forgivable loan if the owner rents to low-income tenants at HUD rental rates during that period.

The property owner must contribute a minimum of 25 percent of the total project costs.

Tenant income requirements are based on 80 percent of the Lenawee County area median income, adjusted for family size. At least half of the units must be rented to people meeting those guidelines.

Funding can be used for plumbing, heating, electrical systems, roofing, windows, doors, floor covering, siding, porches, bathrooms, kitchens and other miscellaneous repairs.

For additional information, contact Flynn at 800/491-0004.

 

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