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.

Vallieu, Kenneth Jr.

Written by David Green.

Kenneth Sylvester Vallieu, Jr., 64, of Hillsdale, Mich., died March 22, 2010, at University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.

He was born Sept. 16, 1945, in Dayton, Ohio, to Mildred Marcine (Smith) and Kenneth Sylvester Vallieu, Sr.  He married Barbara Hart on Aug. 5, 1967, in Morenci, Mich., and she survives.

Ken graduated from Camden-Frontier High School in 1963, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in turf grass management from Michigan State University in 1967, and earned a master’s degree in education from Michigan State University in 1971.

Ken taught chemistry, biology and computer technologies at Camden-Frontier Schools, retiring after 38 years of service. He also coached football, basketball and baseball and later became the athletic director at Camden-Frontier. He also coached basketball at Hillsdale High School.

He was an avid golfer and a member of the Hillsdale Golf and Country Club. He was a member of the Hillsdale First United Methodist Church and served on many church committees. He was a member of the M.S.U. Alumni Association and a member of the Hillsdale County M.S.U. Alumni Association.  

Ken was very interested in the history of the Civil War. He enjoyed building model airplanes and he was a car enthusiast who especially enjoyed Corvettes. He had a passion for all sports and was an avid fan of the Detroit Lions, Tigers, Pistons, and Red Wings and the Michigan State University Spartans. Despite Ken’s failing health, he was able to complete the circuit of Big Ten away Spartan football games last fall. 

Besides his wife, Ken is survived by two children, Kristin Marie (and Geoff) Malosh of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Brian Allan (and Mary) Vallieu of Midland, Mich.; two grandchildren, Alexandra and Masha; and a sister, Jeannine (and Jack) Wikle of Tecumseh, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Megan.

A celebration Ken’s life is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday at the Hillsdale First United Methodist Church with Pastors Ned Wyse and Curtis Jensen officiating.

Visitation is planned from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Don Eby Gymnasium at Camden-Frontier School and Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the Hillsdale First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were handled by VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Camden-Frontier School Library or the Hillsdale County M.S.U. Alumni Scholarship Fund.

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