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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    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.

Jim Topps appointed to national Legion post 2012.06.06

Written by David Green.

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A former Morenci resident and Legionnaire was recently appointed to a national position with the American Legion.

James Topps, a member of Hannan-Colvin Post 180 in Hudson, will serve on the National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission. He currently serves as Department of Michigan Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Director.

 As a member of the commission, Topps will advise the national commander and the national executive committee on issues involving America's veterans and their families, including earned benefits. He will also advise on legislative priorities and serve as a liaison with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 The American Legion is the nation’s leading advocate for proper health care, economic opportunity and legal benefits for U.S. military veterans and qualified family members. One of the marquee programs under the Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission is the System Worth Saving Task Force, which conducts site visits and interviews at VA health-care facilities across the nation to learn first-hand the issues faced by veterans, their families, healthcare providers and facility administrators.

The information is compiled into an annual report for Congress, VA and the White House. The commission also staffs offices in Washington to provide free representation before the board of Veterans Appeals for veterans whose claims have been denied at the regional-office level.

 Topps will work with other commission members to reverse the VA’s backlog of undecided claims; improve the quality of health care for female veterans; enhance treatment for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); eliminate priority groups within the VA system; obtain better access to health care for veterans in rural areas; increase volunteering in VA facilities; and ensure adequate federal funding for VA health care.

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