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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.

Masonic lodge sponsors child ID program 6.25

Written by David Green.

In the event that a child is taken from his or her parents, the Masons are increasing the likelihood that the missing youngster will be identified.

The Free and Accepted Masons from the Fairfield Lodge #125 are bringing the Michigan Child Identification Program (MICHIP) to Morenci Sunday in conjunction with the Town and Country Festival.

Children are invited to make their way through a series of stations—about a 10 to 15 minute period—to generate six forms of identification that parents take home, at no cost. None of the information is kept by the Masons.

Parents are urged to take the completed kit with them on trips and vacations.

The kit contains a dental impression; a DNA sample and trace scent for a canine search team, obtained by a cotton swab in the mouth; digital fingerprint impressions and photograph; and a short video/audio clip to record facial expressions, speech and mannerisms. The information is recorded on a CD.

“This is the first time our Lodge has become involved with the program,” said Carlos Garcia of Adrian. “The equipment is centrally maintained by the Grand Lodge and offered to any Masonic Lodge in the state of Michigan.”

State coordinators volunteer countless hours to each of the events around the state, Garcia said. Nationally, the Comprehensive Masonic CHIP program is used in nearly 20 states and is known as the most complete child recovery and identification program in the nation.

The program is supported by all Michigan Masons, Garcia said, although donations are always accepted.

The Morenci Kiwanis Club is assisting in the visit Sunday, known as Family Day at the festival. The identification program is planned at Wakefield Park from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

• The Fairfield Lodge is looking for other events in Lenawee County to sponsor the MICHIP program. For more information, call Garcia at 517/266-8470, Wayne Carpenter at 517/436-3570 or Larry Keller at 517/436-6269.

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