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.

Lavinder, Patricia

Written by David Green.

Patricia E. Lavinder, 55, of County Road S, Fayette, Ohio, died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

She was born Feb. 5, 1955, in Morenci, Mich., to Willard Milliman and the late Betty (Stoops) Kline. She married Willard “Pete” Lavinder Oct. 10, 1975, in Angola, Ind., and he preceded her in death Nov. 7, 2006.

Pat graduated from Gorham Fayette High School in 1973, and furthered her education at Northwest State Community College where she obtained an associate degree in accounting. She enjoyed painting, yard work and gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving Pat are two sons, Brent (and Jennifer) Lavinder of Brunswick, Ohio, and Rusty (and Emily) Lavinder of Fayette;  her father, Willard, of Hillsdale, Mich.;  three grandchildren, Dakota, Noah, and Preston Lavinder; two sisters,  Cheryl (and Paul) Shaffer of Fayette, and Susan (and Butch) Leininger of Muldrow, Okla.; and a brother-in-law, Walter Barry, of Pittsford, Mich.

Besides her mother and husband, Pat was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Barry, and her step-father, Nelson Kline.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at Eagle Funeral Home–Barrett Chapel in Fayette with Rev. Winston Hatcliff officiating. Visitation is scheduled during the two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will take place at a later date at the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Autism Speaks (www.autismspeaks.org).

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