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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.

Foreclosure help offered 8.26.09

Written by David Green.

In response to the growing foreclosure crisis in southeastern Michigan, the Community Action Agency (CAA) of Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale counties has hired a community development consultant to lead a new program called the Community Foreclosure Coalition: From Crisis to Opportunity.

Neeta Delaney will serve as the coordinator for the program with the goal of shaping an overall strategic response to housing foreclosures and developing a network of partnerships to turn the strategy into action that will bring results.

All three counties have foreclosure rates greater than the state average of 7.4 percent. From 2004 to 2008, 3,149 families lost their homes to foreclosure in Lenawee and Hillsdale counties. In the first six months of this year, an additional 466 homes were lost.

“While many contributing factors led to this crisis which was initially tied to the sub-prime lending debacle, it is now being driven by Michigan’s high unemployment,” said CAA executive director Marsha Kreucher. “In many cases, health care is lost along with the job, forcing people to decide between their health and their home.  At this point, it’s almost impossible to talk with anyone in our community who has not been touched either directly or indirectly by the foreclosure crisis.”

The Michigan Foreclosure Task Force and the Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Project are working together at the state level, Kreucher said, and several regional coalitions have formed. The CAA project aims to remove the response to more of a local level.

Delaney has served in several regional and state positions and has experience in “pulling diverse groups together around common challenges and opportunities,” Kreucher said.

Delaney noted that foreclosures adversely affect not only families, but communities are often forced to deal with deteriorating neighborhoods and code enforcement issues, increasing law enforcement needs and additional social —all coming at a time when revenue is running short for many agencies.

“Consequently, our response to this crisis will need to include strategies to deal with not only foreclosure prevention and intervention, but stabilization and reinvestment,” she said.

Delaney said her approach will be to tackle the existing problems while keeping an eye on the future—to address the crisis while capitalizing on opportunities the situation might present.

For more information, contact Community Action Agency at 800/491-0004.

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