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.

Torbet, Norman

Written by David Green.

Norman Lee Torbet, 70, of Lyons, Ohio, died Sept. 6, 2007, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, following a brief illness.

He was born Aug. 8, 1937, in Rock, Kan., to Oran and Marguerite (Bradford) Torbet.

Norman served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Wauseon #349.

He owned and operated American Oak Creations in Lyons. He was well known for his ice and wood carvings and won first place in the ice carving competition at Winterfest in Toledo for several years in a row. He also enjoyed carving carousel horses out of wood.

Norman’s other passion was cooking. He loved to cook and was a member of the Culinary Institute of America. He was very involved in the Lyons community and will be missed.

Norman is survived by his children, Bradley (and Paula) Torbet of High Park, N.Y., Keith (and Dawn) Torbet of Wauseon, Ohio, Linette Torbet of Akron, Ohio, Troy (and Linda) Torbet of Temperance, and Carla (and Paul) Houser of Pioneer, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; a brother, Robert (and Sharon) Torbet of Grand Junction, Colo.; a sister, Irene Raney of San Antonio, Texas; and long time friend and significant other, Alicia Benner of Lyons, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were conducted by the Masons and members of Lyons VFW Post #7574 on Sept. 10 at Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora, Ohio. Burial was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous Fulton County Chapter or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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