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.

Solomonson, Myrtle

Written by David Green.

Myrtle Louise (Barron) Solomonson, 83, of Morenci, Mich., died Aug. 15, 2006 at Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian.

She was born July 22, 1923 in Weston, Mich., to Walter B. and Alice (Dippery) Barron. She married Harold Solomonson on Dec. 23, 1945 in Seward, Ohio, and he preceded her in death.Myrtle lived most of her life in the Morenci area. She graduated from Morenci High School in 1941. She received certificates of achievement from Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science and the United States Department of Agriculture for Boys and Girls Club for beef projects in 1938 and 1941. She earned a teacher’s certificate to teach the Palmer Method of handwriting from Palmer Method of Business Writing in 1942. She graduated from Michigan County Normal Training School for Teachers in Blissfield, Mich., in 1942 and received a bachelor’s degree from Adrian College in 1960. She earned a permanent teaching certificate for all grades from the State Board of Education, Public Schools of Michigan in 1963 and earned a master’s degree in education from Eastern Michigan University in 1965, specializing in special education.

She first taught in 1942 at Medina School, a one-room schoolhouse with eight grades. She taught for a year, in 1946, in North Morenci, another one-room schoolhouse, and from 1949 to 1951 at Canandaigua School. From 1951 to 1955 she taught at North Morenci School, and after it was consolidated, she taught third grade at Morenci Elementary School until 1963 when she began teaching special education at the elementary and middle school levels. She helped expand the special education program at Morenci schools. She retired from Morenci Area Schools in 1988 after 44 years of service. She was also employed at the Morenci Rubber Plant and Michigan International Speedway.

In 1982 Myrtle was honored as Teacher of the Year by the Lenawee County Federation of Women’s Clubs. She was a member of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel and the American Legion Auxiliary. She belonged to the traveler group of the Ypsilanti Township Senior Citizens and to Lenawee County REACT.

Myrtle is survived by two children, Shirley (and Steve) Hyland of Brooklyn, Mich., and Harold J. “Jim” Solomonson of Morenci; two grandsons, Matthew (and Becky) Hyland and Chad (and Candance) Solomonson; seven great-grandsons; two brothers, Norman Barron of Ypsilanti and Howard Barron of Morenci; one sister, Alice Jean Somerlott of Santa Claus, Ind.; many nieces and nephews; and her cat, O.J.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Robert, Daniel, Walter and John Barron, and three sisters, Almyra Barron, Margaret Loveless and Mary Clark.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. Thelia Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee County, Stair Public Library in Morenci or the Neal V. Singles Memorial Scholarship.

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