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.

Miller, Thomas

Written by David Green.

Thomas G. Miller, 59, of Alpena, Mich., died July  13, 2006.

He graduated from the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University where he received a master’s degree in education. Tom loved children. He worked as director of ESD and advocated for the rights of special needs children and parents.

Tom was a member of Word of Life Baptist Church, Alpena Kiwanis, Civic Theater and Marriage Encounter.

Tom is survived by his wife of 37 years, Rebecca; two sons, Brice (and Teresa) of Hudsonville and Gabe (and Amanda) of Oregon; one granddaughter, Olivia; his father, Kenneth Miller of Caseville; a sister, Donna (and Tom) Mansfield of Traverse City, Mich.; parents-in-law, Wally and Iola Borton of Morenci; a brother-in-law, Tom (and Robin) Borton of Morenci; sisters-in-law, Karrie (and David) Rydzinski of Adrian, Mich., Lorie (and Haines) Dennis of Davidson, Mich., and Shelly (and Peter) Larson of Holland, Mich., and 17 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Miller.

Funeral services have already taken place. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Memorial Bible Fund or the children’s ministry at Word of Life Baptist Church  in Alpena.

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