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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.

Four meetings planned to discuss Lenawee's job needs 09.10.09

Written by David Green.

Lenawee County remains high in unemployment numbers (18.2 percent in July) and led the state in workforce reductions with a decline of 900 individuals.

If new jobs aren’t created, the exodus of residents from the county will continue, said Lenawee Economic Development Corporation president Jim Gartin, and that will continue to weaken the local economy. Most alarming is the loss of skilled tradespeople and youths—the foundation and the future.

“Without a strong workforce, we will lose whatever opportunities we might have in the future to attract and grow existing companies,” Gartin said. “We need a qualified workforce to support growth.”

Gartin has scheduled four town hall meetings in the next few weeks to help identify and attract jobs.

Job loss creates consequences for an array of county and local agencies, services and businesses.

• Social services are called upon, at an alarming rate, to fill the gap for unemployed families and individuals. How can organizations like United Way continue to provide the needed support to our community, when the base of employee deductions has been eroded?

• Housing, food, medical services and the basic essentials are all in demand and in short supply. Hospital emergency areas are being used as primary care facilities by patients with no health care and no way to pay.

• Retail and service sector areas are down and trying to hold on, due to declining discretionary funds.

• Housing is struggling, values are down, sales are reduced and delinquencies and foreclosures are still at all-time records.

• Municipalities are struggling to provide services due to reduced state revenue sharing and declining property values.

• Public schools are seeing reduced state pupil head count revenue, declining property values and competition from private and home schooling activities.

The list of job-related consequences goes on, Gartin said, and the town hall meetings will attempt to reverse the trend of job losses.

• Adrian Area: 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 10, at LEDC’s offices, 5285 W. US-223, Adrian;

• Tecumseh Area: 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at City Hall, 309 E. Chicago Blvd., Tecumseh;

• Blissfield Area: 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Riverbend Timber Framing, 9012 E. US-223, Blissfield;

• Hudson Area: 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Community Center, 323 W. Main St., Hudson.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required and can be made by calling the LEDC at 517/265-5141. More information is available at the LEDC website: www.onelenawee.org.

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