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.

Betz, Alice

Written by David Green.

Alice Janette Betz, 79, of Sand Creek, Mich., died Nov. 3, 2006, at Bixby Medical Center in Adrian, Mich.

She was born July 9, 1927, in Haskins, Ohio, to Amon and Catherine (Miller) Daniels. She married Eugene Betz on May 30, 1947, and he survives.

Alice was a homemaker with a wonderful sense of humor. She enjoyed bird watching, walking in the woods and playing cards with her grandchildren. Her family will remember her as the best cookie and pie baker.

Alice was a faithful member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Lyons, Ohio, and its Rosary and Altar Society. She taught catechism for more than 10 years.

Besides her husband of 59 years, Alice is survived by children, Karlynn (and Ed) Spreder of Longmont, Colo., Dan Betz (and fiancée, Tina) of Jenison, Mich., Beverly (and Paul) Bucar of North Canton, Ohio, Jeff (and Debbie) Betz of Clarklake, Mich., and Chris (and Heidi) Betz of Wauseon, Ohio; grandchildren, Jennifer and Julie Spreder,  Jordan Bucar, Nick, Marcea, Jeremy, Cara, Nathanael, Brooke, Erin, Natalie and Monica Betz; six great-grandchhildren; sisters, Geraldine Miller and Katie Erickson; brother, Jerome Daniels; sister-in-law, Bea Bays and brother-in-law, Dwaine Betz.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ann Zimmerman, and a brother, Jim Daniels.

Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6 at Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora. A scripture service is planned at 7:30 p.m.

Prayers will begin in the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Frederick Snyder officiating. Burial will follow in Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ministry of Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

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