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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.

Dr. Keith Whitehouse dies 6.5.09

Written by David Green.

A Morenci citizen whose community leadership spanned more than four decades has died at the age of 89.

Dr. Keith Whitehouse died Monday evening at the Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian where he became a patient last month.

Dr. Keith, as he was known to families throughout the area, opened his medical practice in Morenci in 1946 after marrying his college sweetheart and Morenci native, Lorene Rupp. He served patients for 37 years before retiring and leaving the office he operated with Dr. R.A. Diccion.

He was a charter member of the Morenci Kiwanis Club and was instrumental in the construction of Morenci Area Hospital, a facility serving patients from Lyons to Waldron and south to Fayette.

In addition to playing an active role in many community activities, he was well known for his musical skills and the Dixieland jazz band that he led.

Upon his retirement in 1983, Dr. Whitehouse said that he never regretted the move to Morenci, a community he saw as an excellent place to work and raise a family.

A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Friday at Morenci’s First Congregational Church.

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