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.

Ries, Jari

Written by David Green.

Jari Deane Ries, 79, of Morenci, Mich., died Oct. 27, 2010.

She was born May 13, 1931, to Wm. Frances “Pappy” and Alberta (Osgood Chandler) Eldredge.

Jari, along with her father, owned the Shoe Tree store in Morenci. She had a variety of jobs throughout her lifetime. She was awarded life membership from the American Legion Auxiliary Post #368 in Morenci.

Jari enjoyed her family and life in Morenci where she and her friend Joan St. Clair were regulars at the Dari-Ette. She was affectionately known as Grandma “J” by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jari was known as a very generous person and enjoyed shopping for her great-grandchildren. Christmas was her favorite holiday and she put Martha Stewart to shame with her gorgeous gift wrapping. She was a creative person, making clothes for her daughters ranging from baby clothes to wedding dresses.  She was proficient at many crafts.

Jari is survived by two daughters, K. (and James) Brink and Linda (and Doug) Dusseau; nine grandchildren, Nicole Wilhelm, Abbe (and Jason) Voigt, MacTavish (and Michele) McDowell, Molly (and Brian Shaffer) McDowell, Eve (and Jim) Mehallow, Adam, Becky, Cindy and Steve Dusseau; eight great-grandchildren, Lucas Wilhelm, Griffin and Aimee Voigt, Charlotte and Kaden McDowell, Rowan and Beau Shaffer and Austin Mehallow; former son-in-law, Jim (and Sharon) McDowell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leland “Jake” Ries; a son, Kevin Lee Ries; and foster parents, Amos and Hattie Rupp.

A memorial service is planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Visitation is scheduled from noon until time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or Autism Speaks.

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