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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.

Lorene Whitehouse's music box collection at library 9.10

Written by David Green.

It started with a carousel horse and continued from there.

Lorene Whitehouse’s collection of music boxes began 30 years ago with that ceramic horse.

“The first one I got, I bought for myself,” she said. “I really love carousel horses.

Her collection expanded as her family and friends presented her with a variety of music boxes as gifts.

”My sister gave me the chicken because my father was in the chicken business.”

S.E. Rupp ran a hatchery for 30 years in the building that later housed the Morenci Flower Shop.

Another, of a geisha in a glass case, was a gift from a former Japanese exchange student.

The honky tonk piano player music box was a gift bought with Lorene’s husband, Keith, in mind. Another gift, a slot machine music box, reminds her of vacations spent in Las Vegas.      

Lorene bought several ceramic music boxes that depict characters from Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit books.

“I love those stories,” she said.

And young visitors, especially, share her love of the music boxes. One, crafted from wood, plays “The Farmer in the Dell.”

“Little kids under five just love it,” she said.

“The grandchildren and great-grandchildren have had bundles of fun with them,” she said. “They have to play their favorites.”

She displays her collection in a hutch in her dining room when it’s not on display at Morenci's Stair Public Library.

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