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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.

Town & Country Festival committee looking for help 06.30.2010

Written by David Green.

 Morenci’s Town and Country Festival Committee members believe they’re at a crossroad—either the festival is going to begin shrinking or more people are going to begin helping.

Following the festival last week, committee members met for a wrap-up session and the primary topic was the lack of assistance.

“We all love volunteering our time and talents each year to bring the festival to life,” said committee member Kori Christle, “but at this point in time, unless we get more volunteers we just don’t see how we can keep going on.”

She’s urging people to think about the various events in the festival—plus new events that aren’t already on the schedule—and to volunteer to coordinate the event.

“We are looking for people to please step forward and agree to take on one project that they feel would be the best fit for them and run with it,” she said.

Help is especially needed in three areas—entertainment, clean-up and fund raising.

Kent Deatrick handles hiring and organizing the bands and musical talent, but help is needed with additional entertainment to help keep the stage occupied throughout the festival.

Someone is needed to organize park clean-up both during and after the festival.

A few people are also needed to help during the year. Not everyone is able to spend the entire three days at the festival, but people could organize a fund-raiser or two during the year.

“So many small communities have had to cancel their yearly festivals due to a lack of volunteers and funds,” Christle said. “Let’s not have Morenci be one of them.”

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