Anniversary: Grace and Don Sly 2012.10.03

Written by David Green.

anniv.slyDonald and Grace Sly will celebrate 60 years of marriage. Grace Eckert and Donald Sly, high school sweethearts, were united in marriage Oct. 11, 1952, at Fayette Church of Christ (Fayette Christian Church).

They have lived in Fayette all their lives. Don was a farmer, worked at Hayes-Albion in West Unity, and retired from Sauder Woodworking. Grace was a nurses’ aide at Morenci Area Hospital, worked in the office of Drs. Whitehouse and Diccion and was employed at Bank of Lenawee.

Since retirement, Don enjoys collecting and restoring antique tractors, while Grace continues to bake apple pies that ensure the grandchildren will visit, and keeps a busy schedule of volunteer activities.

The couple has three children, Joe (and Linda) Sly of Fayette, Susan Burke of Sarasota, Fla., and Becky, who is deceased. They also have six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

An open house is planned to honor the couple from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Fayette Opera House. Friends are invited to join them along with their family for dessert and fellowship.

    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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