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.

Towne, Mardine

Written by David Green.

Mardine Towne, 83, of Baldwin Street, Morenci, Mich., die Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at Provincial House in Adrian, Mich., under the care of Hospice of Lenawee. 

She was born in Toledo, Ohio, on June 27, 1926, to Lysle and Alta (Brehm) Sutton. On Oct. 11, 1944, Mardine married Robert Towne in Fayette, Ohio. They celebrated 57 years of marriage before Robert died Aug. 23, 2002.

Mardine graduated from the Gorham Fayette High School Class of 1944. She devoted her time to being a homemaker and mother. She served more than 20 years as a part-time employee of the U. S. Postal Service in Fayette and also volunteered as a librarian at Fayette Normal Memorial Library. She was a member of the Fayette United Methodist Church and the Northwest Ohio Mother of Twins Club.

Mardine enjoyed reading, traveling, and attending the sporting events and school activities that involved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Two of her greatest pleasures were the yearly gatherings of the Brehm family and of the Class of 1944.

Mardine is survived by four sons, Ronald (and Jerolyn) Towne of Addison, Mich., Richard Towne of Canton, Mich., Roger (and Charlotte) Towne of Brighton, Mich., and Ramon (and Lynn) Towne of San Francisco, Calif.; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, stepbrother, stepsister, and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette with Rev. Kathy Currier officiating. Private interment will take place at the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Stair Public Library in Morenci or Hospice of Lenawee. 

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