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.

Volunteers needed for tax assistance 12.09

Written by David Green.

A year ago, 54 volunteers in Lenawee, Jackson and Hillsdale counties donated 3,200 hours to help 4,263 households file their 2008 taxes. This effort resulted in more than $4.9 million worth of returns across the tri-county area.

The Community Action Agency is looking for volunteers willing to help through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

VITA provides free tax preparation to families and individuals whose annual household income is below $49,000. Volunteers are needed to greet and register taxpayers, file for tax credits and prepare returns, and to translate for clients who do not speak English. Volunteers receive free, IRS sanctioned instruction and training materials in January.

Volunteers are needed during the day, evenings and weekends and are encouraged to give between three and six hours a week during peak tax time in February.

“Getting involved with this program was one of the best things that could have happened to me,” said Lenawee County volunteer Brian Johnson. “Being able to help people get the returns they depend on every year and seeing their faces light up when I tell them the results is a very gratifying experience. I urge everyone to volunteer for this program and help make a difference in their community.”

For more information, contact the Lenawee County Community Action Agency by calling 800/438-1845 or visit the website at www.caajlh.org                  

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