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.

Ort, Robert

Written by David Green.

Robert Ort, 89, of Morenci, Mich., died May 25, 2010, at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio.

He was born March 23, 1921, in Chesterfield Township, Ohio, the son of Israel and Ella (Beatty) Ort. He married Barbara Jean Markel on Sept. 3, 1950, in Waldron, Mich., and she survives.

Robert lived most of his life in the Morenci area, working in construction and farming. He served three years in the South Pacific in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was a member of the Morenci First Baptist Church where he served in many areas. He enjoyed woodworking and making furniture for his family, and his bountiful garden was a lifelong passion.

Besides his wife, Barbara, Robert is survived by two daughters, Jeanie (and Scott) Thompson of Morenci and Kristy (and Rick) Collins of Adrian, Mich.; a son, Jeffery (and Barbara) Ort of Morenci; six grandchildren, April Ort, Alan (and Rachel) Ort, Derek Thompson, Bart (and Teresa) Thompson,  Drew Collins and Ben Collins; two great-grandsons, Jacob and Noah; and a sister, Florence DePelsmaeker of Saginaw, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Vivian Hoover, Glenna Wolf, Ila Strausbaugh and Neva Scoviac; and three brothers, Victor, William and Wilford Ort.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m Friday at Morenci First Baptist Church, with Rev. Brian Wonn officiating.  Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m Thursday from at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Morenci First Baptist Church.

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