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.

First, Pauline

Written by David Green.

Pauline Ruth First, 84, of Weston, Mich., died Oct. 31, 2006, after a battle with ovarian cancer, under the care of Hospice of Lenawee and her family.

She was born March 4, 1922 to Peter and Elizabeth (Miller) Brill. She married Welden W. First on Sept. 8, 1945 and he preceded her in death Oct. 6, 1984.

Pauline graduated from Lyons High School in 1939, and was a homemaker most of her life. She was an auxiliary member of the G. Chandler Bond Post #275 and enjoyed participating in parades. She was also a member of the Weston Women’s Club and served as president. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir and played the organ. Pauline enjoyed Michigan winters, gardening, cooking, and playing the piano, organ and accordion.

Pauline is survived by children Patrick W. First and Diana S. First, both of Weston, Mich., Stephanie K. (and Gary) Russell of Oakshade, Ohio, and Kathleen H. Strech of Sand Creek; grandchildren, Stephen D. Strech and Jacob R. Strech, both of Sand Creek and Katrina M. (and Corey) Pinter of Adrian; great-granddaughter, Kaylee Nicole Pinter; sisters, Rose Zenz, and Betty (and Cheo) Regalado; an aunt, Jean Miller; five nieces; five nephews; and several cousins.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Martha A. Fanning, and brothers in-law, Harlan Rell, Howard First, Irv Fanning and Calvin Zenz.

Funeral services are scheduled Nov. 4 at Braun Everiss Wagley Funeral Home in Adrian with Rev. Joel Sarrault officiating. Burial will follow at Lenawee Hills Memorial Park in Adrian.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee or St. John’s Lutheran Church building fund.

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