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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.

Digital signals to take over TV broadcasting 3.12

Written by David Green.

The year-long countdown is underway. Beginning next Feb. 17, your old analog television set will produce nothing but static.

But don’t let an electronics store salesperson talk you into a new television because the chances are good that you won’t need it.

Next February, television signals change from the existing analog format to digital. Anyone with cable or satellite service won’t be affected by the changeover. Only those who still rely on an antenna will have to make a change, unless their TV has a built-in digital tuner. TVs sold in the last four years are likely to have a digital tuner.

Rather than pitch your television, head for an appliance store to buy a digital converter box. It’s a small device about the size of a hardcover book. Attach your antenna cable to the box and the box’s outgoing cable to your television. The picture is restored.

Converter boxes are selling for around $50 and the price gets much cheaper with a $40 coupon from the federal government. Don’t order a coupon until you’re ready to buy since they’re only good for 90 days after being issued.

There are three major reasons for the change to digital signals. Digital programming can offer a sharper image and better sound, it will give viewers more options and it frees up airwaves for increased use by emergency responders.

Don’t think you’re going to get a high-definition picture simply by buying a converter box. All hi-def programming is digital, but not all digital programming is hi-def. Besides, it takes a high-definition TV set to make the difference. Still, users of antennae should expect to see an image that’s as clear as from cable service—at least in most cases. Time will tell if there are unforeseen problems.

Local broadcasters are likely to offer an additional channel or more. For example, Channel 13 provides the regular programming you’ve had for years. Channel 13.1 might be a special weather channel.

Owners of older television sets have a choice to make: Continue use via a converter box until the set breaks or take a step into contemporary programming and splurge for a high-definition set.

If you’re reading this March 12, you have 342 days to make your decision.

• Order a coupon on-line by visiting www.dtv2009.gov or call 1-888-388-2009.

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