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.
    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.

Smith, Maxine

Written by David Green.

Maxine A. Smith, 84, of Adrian, Mich., died Saturday, March 27, 2010, at Provincial House in Adrian.

She was born Nov. 10, 1925, in Adrian, the daughter of Andrew and Mildred (Warner) Bussing. She married Elton E. Smith on Sept. 18, 1948, in Angola, Ind., and he preceded her in death Oct. 3, 1991.

Maxine retired in 1974 after working as a beautician and then with her husband Elton for 15 years as a carpet installer. She was a member of the Hitch Up & Go Camping Club and the Foster Grandparent program.

Surviving Maxine are four children, Vicky (and Richard) Sager of Bucyrus, Ohio, Lynne (and Homer) Kline of Bryan, Ohio, Chris (and David) Brasher of Morenci, Mich., and Brad Smith; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Marilyn Franke and Marylou Jett, both of Adrian; three brothers, Edward (and Grace) Bussing of Iron Mountain, Mich., Gordon (and Blanche) Bussing and Raymond (and Mary) Bussing, all of Adrian.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister, one brother and a great-grandson.

Visitation is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci. Private grave-side services and interment will take place at Lenawee Hills Memorial Park in Adrian at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee County. 

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