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.

Ashbeck, William

Written by David Green.

William S. Ashbeck, 69, of Munson Hwy., Hudson, Mich., died Jan. 17, 2006 at Provincial House in Adrian, Mich.

He was born Jan. 31, 1936 in Hudson, to L.D. and Marguerite (Gerry) Ashbeck. He married Joyce Myers in Hillsdale, Mich., on Nov. 15, 1952 and she survives.

Bill was a lifelong Hudson area resident. He graduated from Hudson High School in 1954 and attended Toledo University.

He was vice president of new product development at M & S Manufacturing in Hudson, retiring in 1997 after 45 years of service. He was a member of the Elks in Hillsdale, Hillsdale Moose Lodge, Sons of American Legion post #180 in Hudson, and he was an avid golfer and hunter. He enjoyed camping with his children and grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Bill is survived by one daughter, Bonnie (and Greg) Shaw of Hudson; one son, William D. (and Angela) Ashbeck of Xenia, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Rachel (and Josh) Stiverson, Amy Jo Sallows, Chad Sallows, Anthony Carr, Nate and Dan Ashbeck and Chris, Nathan and Brooke Shaw; three great-grandchildren and one sister, Carolyn (and Robert) Leidigh of Bryan, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were Jan. 21 at Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson with Rev. Mark Johnston officiating. Burial followed in Maple Grove Cemetery in Hudson. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee or the Hickman Cancer Center.

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