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.

Graybill, Ernestene

Written by David Green.

Ernestene Juanita Graybill, 66, of rural Hudson, Mich., died at home July 3 surrounded by loved ones.

She was born Sept. 18, 1943, to James and Marjorie (Doriell) Brooks. She graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1961.

Ernestene married Maurice Olin Graybill Dec. 21, 1963, and they were married 33 years.

She worked 20 years at Fayette Tubular Products and she was the owner/operator of A GraySwan Quilt shop.

She was a long standing member of Canandaigua Community Church. She started the youth group at the church and served as director for many years. She enjoyed spending time talking to everyone she knew. She also enjoyed quilting, card games and vacationing with her family.

Ernestene is survived by four children, Peggy (and Randy) Swander of Clayton,  Mich., Linda (and Josef) Swaney of Navarre Fla., James (and Debbie) Graybill of Hubbard Ohio, and Juanita (and Jamie) Kelley of Adrian, Mich.; five grandchildren, Nicholas, Nathan and Noah Swander of Clayton, and Ashley Swaney and Maurice Graybill of Navarre; two brothers, Tom Brooks of Onsted, Mich., and Ivan (and Velma) Brooks of Carleton, Mich.; four sisters, Donna Steele of Jonesville, Mich., Ruth Westgate of Onsted, Ann Rice of Onsted and Carol Brooks of Adrian; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, James Brooks; and one sister, Mary Louella Stump.

Funeral services are planned at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 11, at Brown VanHemert Funeral Home in Hudson, with Pastor Jerry Hoffman officiating. Dinner will follow at Canandaigua Community Church. Interment will be in the Canandaigua Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Memorials are suggested to Canandaigua Community Church.

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