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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.

Program aimed at preventing foreclosure 3.18.09

Written by David Green.

Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Executive Director Keith Molin last week announced the receipt of contingent awards in the amount of $2.4 million to support Michigan’s foreclosure prevention counseling efforts and $617,646 in Legal Assistance Funds.

The much-needed boost will enable the MSHDA to provide more foreclosure counseling than ever before to Michigan homeowners in danger of losing their homes. The announcement of the grants coincides with the launch of a public service media campaign—including print, television, radio and web messages—that urges homeowners to call MSHDA counselors before they miss a payment.

The best chance for Michigan homeowners in financial trouble to keep their homes is to address financial issues and work with their mortgage lenders early, before it’s too late.

“These grants are good news for Michigan’s economic recovery and especially good news for homeowners caught in the throes of the mortgage crisis,” Molin said. “The grants will help thousands of homeowners get the necessary guidance, or legal assistance if needed, to prevent the foreclosure process and ‘Save the Dream’ of homeownership.”

The grant to support Michigan’s foreclosure intervention efforts was provided by funds from the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program. The initial funding was provided by Congress in the 2008 fiscal year.

“We are delighted to have had a role in bringing these funds to Michigan through a laborious grant process that was well worth the effort,” Molin said. “As a result, our homeownership counselors will be even better equipped to help homeowners here in Michigan with foreclosure prevention efforts.”

Before you miss a payment, make the call, and be directed to a foreclosure prevention homeownership counselor, at MSHDA’s toll free “Save the Dream” hotline at 866-946-7432, or visit the Web site at www.michigan.gov/mshda and click on the “Save the Dream” icon.

MSHDA’s vision in the 21st century is to improve the quality of life for all Michigan residents and create vibrant communities by focusing on providing safe, affordable housing through homeownership and rental programs; ending homelessness; and revitalizing neighborhoods and downtowns.

MSHDA’s loans and operating expenses are financed through the sale of tax-exempt and taxable bonds and notes to private investors, not from state tax revenues. For information on this and other MSHDA programs, visit the Web site at www.michigan.gov/mshda.=

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