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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.

Silbond Corp. could benefit from tax credit 7.22.09

Written by David Green.

A proposed tax credit could benefit Weston’s Silbond Corporation—America’s only producer of ethyl silicate used in  many Department of Defense applications.

Congressman Mark Schauer (D-MI) introduced the American Commercial Ethanol Fairness Act of 2009 (HR 3235) with the support of local business, labor and economic development officials. The legislation corrects an unintended consequence of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit—signed into law by President Bush in 2004—which has artificially inflated commercial ethanol market prices and had a severe financial impact on Silbond.

“By leveling the playing field, we can help this innovative manufacturer survive and thrive in Lenawee County for years to come, allowing them to save and create good-paying jobs,” said Schauer.

The measure will help protect American national security interests, Schauer said, and also help address the U.S. trade deficit.”

Schauer’s legislation would establish a 45 cent tax credit for each gallon of ethanol used to produce Tetra Ethyl Ortho Silicate (TEOS—also known as ethyl silicate), a substance used in micro-electronics, marine coatings and many U.S. Department of Defense applications. Each year, Silbond exports half of its production to countries including Mexico, China, Japan and Korea, which helps level America’s trade deficit.

“This tax credit will provide an immediate economic stimulus,” said John W. Gruber, Chief Financial Officer for Silbond Corporation. “Silbond will be able to keep and create jobs and invest in capital equipment and latest technologies, which will in turn allow our vendors and suppliers to retain and create jobs. There will be a definite, positive impact on the economy in Lenawee County, the State of Michigan, the Midwest region and the entire country.”

TEOS is a strategic raw material component in the manufacture of DRAM, flash logic, analog mixed signal, discrete devices and developmental research products by Dell, Texas Instruments, Motorola, Intel, Lawrence Livermore Labs, National Security Administration, Sandia National Labs, BAE Systems Information and Electronic Warfare Systems, Honeywell and others. It is also used in the production of primer coatings for corrosion protection on U.S. naval ships.

Last year, the Lenawee County Commission approved a resolution calling on Congress to take action on similar legislation.

“The Lenawee Economic Development Corporation supports Congressman's Schauer's legislation,” said James P. Gartin, President and CEO of the Lenawee Economic Development Corporation.

To learn more about Silbond Corporation, visit www.silbond.com.

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