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.

Blaker, Ralph

Written by David Green.

Ralph Blaker, 73, of Medina, Mich., died May 1, 2010, at Tendercare in Adrian, Mich. 

He was born Nov. 22, 1936, in Medina, the son of Ralph H. and Mary (McVay) Blaker.  On Jan. 18, 1957, in Sand Creek, Mich., he married Emeline VanNest.  She preceded him in death March 31, 2000.

Ralph lived all of his life in the Hudson and Morenci area and was a member of the Canandaigua Community Church.  He worked in construction most of his life and retired from Metalloy Foundry in Hudson, Mich.

Survivors include a daughter, Beth (and Todd) Graf of Tecumseh; four sons, Ralph Wayne Blaker of Medina, Wesley (and Vallirie) Blaker of Medina; Arthur (and Lisa) Blaker of the Ukraine, and Chris (and Becky) Blaker of Morenci; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; three sisters, Sandy Davis of Morenci, and Joyce Longo and Tamara Cooke, both of Venice, Fla.; and two brothers, Mike Blaker of Medina and Tim Blaker of Morenci.

Besides his wife, Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Nancy McCarty; and two brothers, Marvin and Doyle Blaker.

A funeral service is planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Arthur Blaker officiating. Burial will follow at the Medina Cemetery in Medina.  Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee County.

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