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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.

Dean Beck (FCHC) honored 6.18

Written by David Green.

E. Dean Beck, Fulton County Health Center’s Administrator, was honored at the Ohio Hospital Association’s Recognition Dinner on June 9 with the 2008 Distinguished Service Award.

The award celebrates CEOs or senior managers of OHA member organizations for their professional attainments as outstanding manager, leader, mentor, teacher, or service to the community.beck_dean.jpg

In announcing his award, OHA released the following information:

“For 40 years E. Dean Beck has provided distinguished service and leadership to Fulton County Health Center. Mr. Beck began his career at the Health Center in 1968 as their accountant/office manager and became hospital administrator in 1975. As administrator, he has led the facility through several changes in providing health care to the residents of Fulton and surrounding counties. Mr. Beck has guided Fulton County Health Center through four major expansions including new services, new facilities, a new nursing home, and bringing in new medical technology to the local area.

“Outside of the hospital, Mr. Beck has served as president of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of Healthcare Finance Management Association in 1977. He also held a variety of board and committee positions with the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio, including past chairman of the board in 1982 and current nomination committee chairman. He also served on the OHA Small and Rural Hospital Committee from 1998-2001.”

“This is truly a pleasant surprise, and I am very honored to be selected from my peers to receive this award,” Beck said. “I want our residents to know that the success of our Health Center goes beyond my leadership and is the result of dedicated physicians, nurses, technologists, and many other health care professionals who serve in administrative and support staff roles.”

The Ohio Hospital Association was established in 1915 and currently represents 174 hospitals and 40 health systems throughout Ohio. OHA is a membership-driven organization that provides proactive leadership to create an environment in which Ohio hospitals are successful in serving their communities.

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