The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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.

H1N1 flu shots given in Morenci 10.28.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

More than 700 doses of H1N1 flu vaccine were given Friday in Morenci when the Lenawee County Health Department made its first to a school.

Vaccines will be given to all schools in the county by Nov. 18, and then the process will begin again for second doses to children age nine and younger.

“We thought it went quite well,” said coordinator Jane Clark of the health department.

About 42 percent of the student population chose to receive a vaccination, which is above the national average, Clark said.

The late afternoon clinic for adults brought a flood of people from throughout the area.

“We had a really long line,” Clark said. “Five nurses were giving shots, but we finished by 7 p.m.”

The final adult tally was 420 vaccines.

A few people were from Ohio—out of the Lenawee Health Department’s service area—but they were given shots anyway.

“I’m not going to turn people away,” Clark said.

The health department reported seven confirmed  cases of H1N1 influenza as of Oct. 16, and that figure will be updated this week, said department director Michael Kight. There were 223 cases of people reporting flu-like symptoms, indicating an increased incidence of flu in the area.

Tests for N1H1 are not being undertaken now that the strain’s presence in the county is known.

Schools in Hillsdale and Pittsford closed last week due to sickness and many others across the state were taking precautions as absenteeism rose.

A week ago, only around 10 percent of students were absent at Morenci’s high school and middle, a figure not much different from normal.

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