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.

Phelps, Arlene

Written by David Green.

Arlene Markel Phelps of Adrian, Mich., formerly of Morenci, died July 12, 2010.

She was born May 23, 1926, in Fayette Ohio, to John Markel and Floy Kigar Markel. On April 10, 1948, she married to Mickey Phelps.

Arlene was a homemaker, and worked as a secretary at Parker Chemical in Morenci, was assistant to the Morenci High School principal and the conference director at Adrian College.

Arlene was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 42 years. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church for more than 40 years and enjoyed being a member of the Deborah Circle.

Volunteering was an important part of her life. She was an escort volunteer at Bixby Hospital for more than 15 years and was co-chair of the service. She was a member of the Bixby Hospital Auxiliary. 

Education was important to Mick and Arlene. Their years of service to Adrian College and the love they had for the thousands of students passing through gave them the affectionate names of “Ma and Pa Phelps.” A scholarship for Adrian College students is being established in their honor. 

Arlene is survived by daughters Kathye (and Doug) Herrera and Karen VanHaerents, both of Morenci; grandchildren Kelly VanHaerents of Morenci and Mic Phelps of Adrian; one sister, Ardyth Seigneur of Kalkaska Mich; a niece, Connie Overy of Adrian; two nephews, Jack Seigneur of Kalkaska and Gary Seigneur of Green Bay, Wis.

She was preceded in death by her husband Mickey; her parents; a brother, Berlyn Markel in infancy; and a grandson, Matthew Phelps.

Funeral services at planned at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at Anderson Funeral Home in Adrian, with the Rev. Gary Dawes officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.Visitation is scheduled from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the scholarship established for Adrian College students, at Adrian College, 110 South Madison, Adrian, MI 49221 c/o Development Office. Envelopes are available at Anderson Funeral Home.

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