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.

Dinner to benefit Linda (Davis) Keefer 6.25

Written by David Green.

There was a week in late March that was no ordinary one for Linda (Davis) Keefer.

Her husband, John, lost his job at Sauder Woodworking due to layoffs. A new grandchild was born, but soon needed surgery.

And Linda was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.linda.keefer.jpg

Since then, it’s been a whirl of diagnoses, prognoses, and finally the start of treatment.

Specialists in the area weren’t able to offer much encouragement. Prognoses were all pessimistic. Linda, who just recently turned 60, decided to contact the Cancer Center of America and she liked their approach.

There was no longer any talk of how many months she had left. Instead they focused on a cure and she made the decision to enroll in an experimental treatment program.

Since early May, she’s been making a trip to the Chicago area every two weeks for treatment and hoping for good results.

“She has a really positive attitude,” said her niece Ivy Hutchison.

Linda is a sister of Janet, Creatta, Judy and Ivan Davis. She married John Keefer of Fayette in 1967 and they have two daughters, Amy and Angie.

Linda was employed at Morenci Rubber Products for many years and worked as a house cleaner until recently.

Digestive trouble led doctors to believe Linda had a gall bladder problem, but the ailment continued following surgery and eventually a tumor was discovered.

The cost of treatment is only partially covered by health insurance due to the experimental nature of the therapy. In addition, the Keefers are facing mounting costs from transportation and lodging from the bi-weekly trips to Chicago.

Hog Roast

Due to the financial burdens, family members and friends are organizing a benefit hog roast at the Morenci Sportsman’s Club from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. A donation of only $5 a person or $20 a family is suggested.

It’s a bargain for a good meal, Hutchison said, with a menu of roast hog, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, salad bar and ice cream sundaes.

Hutchison is approaching the event as a  fun celebration for Linda. Glenn Flint will provide musical entertainment, along with any brave guests who walk up to the karaoke stage.

Donations are coming in for a silent auction, raffle prizes and door prizes.

Guests can go home with a variety of gift certificates from area businesses, a hand-made quilt and doily, a variety of gift baskets, toys, a fishing pole and lure, a cooler on wheels, and much more. Additional donations will be collected this week.

A savings account at United Bank and Trust is also set up for donations.

For additional information, call Hutchison at 458-1166.

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