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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.

Pat Clark visits White House 2012.03.28

Written by David Green.

Morenci native Pat Clark missed out on his senior class trip to Washington, D.C., and even though he later lived in the D.C. area for 13 years, he never got inside the White House.

That changed last Friday when Clark helped lead a contingent of Pennsylvania residents to the White House for a Community Leaders Briefing.

The briefings are a public engagement feature of the Obama administration, Clark said, in which citizens are invited in to ask questions and present their concerns.

The visit last week included 150 people from 22 Pennsylvania counties representing dozens of organizations. It was organized by Keystone Progress and Clark serves as secretary of the group’s board of directors.

Keystone contacted a broad range of organizations, asked what issues they were concerned about, and put together a proposal for the briefing.

The goal of the meetings is make citizens better informed about government policies and programs; to help the federal government learn how to better serve the public, and to brief community leaders on tools and resources available.

The highest-ranking administration official, Clark said, was a person who reports directly to the President on energy and climate issues.

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