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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Eagle rescued from field 4.16

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Joan Smith thought it was an injured hawk that she spotted lying in a muddy field near Sand Creek. When she finally showed the bird to a raptor specialist, she found out otherwise. That was an eagle she and her, daughter, Angie Miles, just caught.eagle.smith.jpg

Joan was driving on Bryant Highway near the Sand Creek school when she saw the bird. It was obvious to her that something was wrong with it, so she called Angie for assistance.

Angie brought a dog crate to transport the animal, but she soon discovered that wasn’t going to work. It was too small for this specimen that stood about two feet tall.

The bird tottered around the field with Angie trailing until it finally toppled over and lay on it back, about 20 feet from the road. By this time, Angie had already lost a shoe in the mud and both women were getting rather filthy.

Joan had been on a the phone seeking advice and was finally directed to Dody Wyman who operates the Raisin River Raptor Center near Manchester. She agreed to meet up with them in Tecumseh and take a look at the bird.

First, they had to catch it.

Dody warned the women about the dangerous talons that are designed to dig into flesh. With that caution, they wrapped  the bird in a blanket, placed it in a box and drove off.

“When Dody saw it, her face turned white,” Joan said.

It wasn’t a hawk they picked up; it was a juvenile American bald eagle. Fortunately, Dody had just recently received her permit to keep eagles.

Based on the bird’s behavior—instability, falling down—a veterinarian suspects lead poisoning. If that’s the case, a lead chelator agent will be given to the bird to draw out the substance.

Despite its large size, Joan and Angie were both surprised by how light the bird was, and they’re both a little stunned by what they went through.

“Would I have done it if I’d known it was an eagle?” Joan asks.

At first she says no, but she knows that’s not really the case. It was a bird that needed help and she had to give it.

“It was worth it,” she said, thinking back on the muddy mess.

“I’d do it again,” Angie added.

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