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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.

Many veterans never seek benefits earned 2013.06.05

Written by David Green.

In the past fiscal year ending Sept 30, more than $35 million came into Lenawee County to benefit veterans through the Veterans Administration. More than $2.7 billion was given to veterans throughout the state.

"There are so many benefits, but veterans don't ask," said Jerry Bach of Morenci, a member of the Lenawee County Department of Veterans Affairs executive committee. "Many don't apply that have money coming, especially disabled veterans.

Bach, a World War II veteran, joined the county executive committee 19 years ago.

In the past year, veterans and their families received $16.9 million in disability compensation, DIC death compensation, and veteran's pension and death pension benefits.

About $2.3 million went toward educational and vocational rehabilitation benefits; $15.4 million for medical care; and $298,000 for insurance and indemnities.

An estimated 7,685 veterans reside in Lenawee County, and 680,000 in the state.

About half of the funds go directly to veterans and their families. The remaining money supports Veterans Administration medical services and health care.

Bach said a van is available daily for veterans to travel to the VA hospital in Ann Arbor.

The county Veterans Affairs office is located at 1040 S. Winter St, Ste. 3017, in Adrian. An appointment is required for most services. Fall 517/264-5335 for information or call the Veterans Administration directly at 800/827-1000.

The Michigan House approved last week a state budget that includes an additional $8.6 million to create a state veterans affairs agency to better assist Michigan veterans, state Rep. Nancy Jenkins announced.

Jenkins, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs, spoke on the House floor about the special funding, which also includes $600,000 for Veterans Service Organizations to better connect veterans with benefits.

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