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.

Powell, Mattie

Written by David Green.

Mattie Elizabeth Powell, 5, of rural Fayette, Ohio,  died June 2, 2010, after a battle of more than two years with brain and bone cancer.

Mattie had a beautiful smile and touched many lives in her short lifetime.

Mattie is survived by her parents, Duane and Sara Powell; a sister, Hanna Powell; grandparents, Carolyn Powell, Marie Aubry and Dave (and Marcia) Aubry; aunts, Ann Aubry (and Ted Rundio), Beth (and Ron) Black, and Becky Powell (and Burt Hasch); uncles, Marc (and Sarah) Aubry and Kevin Powell; cousins, Justin Dickerson, Katie, Reggie, Payton Black, Raymond Powell, and Jackson and Claire Aubry; great uncles and aunts, David and Karen O'Grady, Kevin and Kay O'Grady, Dan and Cynthy Kleman, Larry and Joanne Barron and Chester and Grace Hartwell; and all the special friends she has met during her journey.

Family and friends may visit from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at Morenci Bible Fellowship, 244 W. Main St., Morenci. A celebration of Mattie's life is scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, June 7, at St. Casper Church, 1205 N. Shoop Ave., Wauseon, with visitation one hour prior to the service. A burial service will follow at 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Arrangements were handled by Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

Memorial contributions may be sent in Mattie’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 143, Memphis, TN 38148 or Hospice of Fulton County Community Health Professionals, 1159 Westwood Dr., Van Wert, OH 45891.

 The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Toledo Hospital, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Hospice of Fulton County for everything they did to make Mattie’s time during her journey special.

The family would also like to thank everyone who sent Christmas and birthday cards to Mattie and all the support and prayers.

 

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