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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.

Jim Topps promoted in Legion 05.26.10

Written by David Green.

jim_topps.jpgA former Morenci resident was promoted within Michigan’s American Legion organization.

The American Legion Department of Michigan announces that James C. Topps, Department Service Officer, has been promoted to lead the state Veteran's Affairs Rehabilitation Division effective June 7.

Topps will be be in charge of the Department’s largest division, working out of the Detroit Regional Office located in the Patrick V. McNamara Building in downtown Detroit.

He will oversee the day to day operations of both the regional office employees and the field service officers who serve throughout the state. He will work with the Department Legislative Chairman in making presentations to state and federal legislators in Michigan and in Washington, D.C.

Topps will report to the Department Executive Committee at all department conferences and the state convention. Other duties include participating in the Department’s Annual Service Officers School held each fall for all 456 posts and 19 district service officers.

Topps will be charged with assuring that all department service officers maintain their annual accreditation through the Department of Veterans Affairs and the national organization by attending training sessions in Washington, D.C., and Indianapolis.

Topps has worked for the Department of Michigan for the past 11 years and has affiliation with the Ann Arbor, Detroit and Battle Creek VA Medical Centers and 11 county Veterans Affairs office’s from Monroe County on the east side of the state to Berrien County on the west.

He is a life member of the Morenci American Legion Post 368 and lives in Adrian Michigan with his wife, Debbie.

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