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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    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.

Helen Bachman recalls the Chesterfield Grange 4.15.09

Written by David Green.

When Helen Bachman saw the Observer article last month about the Chesterfield Grange, one sentence didn’t sound right to her.

“LeRoy Smith moved the Grange building to Chesterfield from Ottokee, not Oak Shade,” she wrote in a letter. “One-half mile north of Oak Shade would be in a farmer’s field.”

We assumed Walter Bates’s history about the Grange must have referred to a location on County Road 15-1 that runs north out of the village, but Helen has memories of growing up in the area.

“We went to the Ottokee store on Saturday nights and sat on the grass and watches movies or pictures on the side of that building,” she said. “That story sure brought back some memories.”

She recalls the County Home and a town pump located on the grounds of the home.

“I was probably 15 years old then,” Helen said. “Now I’m 92.”

She’s enjoying her subscription to the Observer and looks for familiar names in the “Through the Decades” feature.

“Quite often in the 50 Years Ago I read about kids I’m related to or was friends with,” she said.

Helen is living in an assisted living facility in Novi, Mich.

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