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, Richard

Written by David Green.

Richard Lynn Ort, 62, of Coomer St., Morenci, Mich., died Sept. 12, 2006.  He was born May 29, 1944, in Adrian, Mich., to Mahlon and Aldythe (Milliman) Ort. He married Judith A. (Culp) Rorick  on Sept. 19, 1987, in Medina, Mich., and she survives.

Richard was employed at Bil-Jax Inc. in Archbold, Ohio, for the past 19 years, He previously worked at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio,  and at Ace Drill  in Adrian.

He graduated from Morenci High School in 1962. He was a member of the Medina Federated Church and the Men's Monday Night Bowling League in Morenci. He served on the Morenci Fire Department for 41 years and was named Firefighter of the Year in 2006.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and his hobbies included sports, walking and playing cards with his family.  Richard dearly loved his children and grandchildren.

Surviving Richard besides his wife, Judith, of Morenci;  is one son, Lynn (and Juli) Ort of Lowell, Mich.; his mother, Aldythe Ort, of Morenci; three step-children, Falinda (and Timothy) McCarty of Sand Creek, Mich., John P. (and Andi) Rorick IV of Morenci, and Kassandra (and John) Dominique III of Morenci; one sister, Mary Ann Beaverson, of Morenci;  father in-law and mother in-law, Jack and Pat Arnett, of Morenci; daughter in-law, Pam Ort, of Nevada, Ohio; one aunt, Kora Terry, of Morenci; 14 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mahlon Ort, and two sons, Chris and Tim Ort.

Funeral services for Richard L. Ort are scheduled Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006, at 3 p.m. at Medina Federated Church with Pastor Darren Lemmon officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.  Visitation is planned Friday from 3-8 p.m. at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci. 

In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy may make memorial contributions to Morenci Fire Department or Medina Federated Church.

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