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.

Shaffer, Don Sr.

Written by David Green.

Don Shaffer, 78, of Morenci, Mich., died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at the Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio.

He was born Nov. 20, 1931, in Canandaigua, Mich., the son of Herman and Myrtle (Perry) Shaffer.  On Feb. 18, 1956, in Wauseon, Ohio, he married Barbara Bunting and she survives.

Don resided in the Morenci area all of his life. He was formerly employed at Roger Miller Ford in Wauseon as a mechanic, from where he retired in 1992.  Don served in the U.S. Army from December 1951 through December 1959, during the Korean War.

Besides his wife, Don is survived by two daughters, Deb (and Ken) Walker of Morenci and Diane (and Dan Joughin) Shaffer of Morenci; four sons, Bruce (and Sharon) Shaffer of Britton, Mich., Donald  (and JoEllen Kimbrell) Shaffer, Jr., of Morenci, James (and Carmel) Shaffer of Lyons, Ohio, and Brian (and Molly) Shaffer of Morenci; 12 grandchildren, Donnie III, Adam, Brian, Cole, Ross, Lauren, Colin, Shelby, Haven, Miranda, Rowan and Beau; one great-grandson, Damon; one sister, Marcene Garreau of Sylvania, Ohio; and one brother, Francis Shaffer of Lyons, Ohio.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Evelyn Venia and Katherine Shaffer in infancy; and one brother, Raymond Shaffer.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. Bruce Clark officiating.  Visitation is scheduled Saturday from 10  a.m. until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci Area EMS.

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