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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.

One Lenawee explained to Morenci city council 8.04.2010

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Lenawee County can become a stronger, better functioning unit when the various governmental components work together.

That’s the philosophy of One Lenawee, an offshoot of the Lenawee Economic Development Corporation.

Three representatives of One Lenawee attended the July 26 Morenci city council meeting to talk about the organization.

“We’re not asking for anything but a little cooperation,” said Allan Brittain.

Brittain said the organization consists of a group of volunteers who have looked at the county’s assets—governments, schools, etc.—and thought about what could be shared to make the county a better place to live.

At that point Brittain talked about what the group is not. When members have talked to the various government units in the area, they’ve sometimes encountered an incorrect concept that One Lenawee is an effort to form a single, county-wide government.

The group encourages collaboration between government units, he said, but there is no intention of doing away with township and community boards and councils.

The effort began after a meeting with the author of a book about “asset mapping,” Brittain said.

First identify the assets of a community, then look at how they might be shared with another.

“You find out that if you connect this asset with that asset, you accomplish a lot more together than you would separately,” Brittain said.

The group is working with the Citizens Research Council of Michigan and the University of Michigan’s Gerald Ford School of Public Policy to collect and evaluate data. Graduate students are scheduled to interview public officials  throughout the county this fall to collect information about the costs of operating services, problems encountered in delivering services, ideas for solving problems, etc.

The interview team also has an interest in examining existing collaborative and shared services.

“What’s in it for you?” Brittain asked. “The same thing that’s in it for all of us. If we make the county a better place to live and grow, then I think we all win.”

Brittain is with the arm of One Lenawee working on government collaboration. Other areas include education, marketing, the arts and agriculture. Anyone is welcome to attend meetings and participate in the group’s efforts.

• For more information, visit the group’s website at www.onelenawee.org.

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