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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.

Doug Spade running for state senate seat 10.17.2009

Written by David Green.

Former state representative Doug Spade (D-Adrian) announced this week his intention to seek the state senator seat to represent Lenawee, Hillsdale, Branch and St. Joseph counties.

At kick-off events in all four counties, Spade said state government desperately needs legislators who focus on building consensus instead of blaming each other. 

“With two government shut-downs in the past three years, a seeming inability to act on pressing matters in a timely fashion, and a ‘my way or the highway’ attitude of inflexibility exhibited by all too many elected officials, it’s no surprise the public has lost confidence in state government,” Spade said.

Spade became only the second blind legislator in Michigan history when he was elected to the House in 1998.

“I am not running for this seat to throw stones or play political games,” Spade said. “I am running because I want the opportunity to go back to Lansing, represent all the people of the 16th District, and work with both sides of the aisle to find solutions that will move Michigan forward.”

With Lenawee and Hillsdale having some of the highest unemployment rates in the state, and Branch and St. Joseph not far behind, Spade said his focus is clear.

“My top priority will be improving and diversifying the economy and bringing more jobs to the 16th District and the State of Michigan,” Spade said. “Michigan wins when we have policies in place that benefit business and workers alike.  We don’t have to reward one side at the expense of the other to move Michigan forward.”

A lifelong resident of the 16th District, Spade grew up on the family dairy farm in Hillsdale County, is a graduate of both Camden-Frontier High School and Adrian College, and has owned several small businesses. His early interest in broadcasting led to his own radio show on WCSR in Hillsdale when he was just eight years old.  Later, he worked for nearly 30 years at WLEN in Adrian, where he hosted a telephone talk show for 25 years and served as the station’s operations manager. 

During the past four years, Spade worked for the state as Supplier Diversity Liaison and a member of the Buy Michigan First team, with a special emphasis on helping business owners with disabilities and service-disabled veteran business owners learn how to bid on and win state government contracts. He stepped down from the position earlier this month to concentrate on the campaign.

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