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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.

Chamber members learn about LEDC 2012.10.03

Written by David Green.

Loans and grants are available for business expansion  and development in Lenawee County, said the Lenawee Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) director Jim Van Doren. 

Van Doren spoke to members of the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce last month to give an update on the development organization.

Financial opportunities for entrepreneurs and business owners includes:

• Business Retention, Expansion and Attraction (BREA) funding;

• Business Revolving Loan Fund;

• Brownfield Redevelopment Authority for help with developing polluted projects.

The LEDC works with various economic development organizations including South Central Michigan Works, Michigan New Jobs Training Program, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, and the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center.

Van Doren said the state economic development department no longer deals with local groups on a county-by-county basis. Now there are six multi-county regions. Lenawee is in a group that includes Washtenaw County.

There were initial concerns about joining in a group that's heavily focused on the Ann Arbor area, Van Doren said, but it's turned out to be an excellent partnership with many strong resources available.

Van Doren spoke about new funding opportunities through the U.S.D.A. that offers loans to small businesses—an effort that fits into the LEDC philosophy of “taking good ideas and making them better.”

More information about the agency can be found at theledc.org.

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