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.

Butler, Ralph III

Written by David Green.

Ralph O. Butler III, 89, of St. Clair Township, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, in Port Huron Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born Jan. 24, 1917, in Galesburg, Ill., to the late Ralph O. and Nellie (Robb) Butler II. He married Alice Mae Rankin on July 4, 1942, in Hampton, Iowa.

Mr. Butler graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor of science in dairy industry. He owned and operated the Marysville Dairy, delivering milk to area schools and producing quality ice cream. He retired from Wesley’s Quaker Maid, Inc. of Detroit.

He was active in Boy Scouting for more than 60 years, earning Eagle Scout, serving as Scoutmaster of Troop #16 in Marysville and Troop #50 in St. Clair and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award. He was selected district delegate Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America Golden Jubilee Jamboree in Colorado Springs in 1960.

Mr. Butler was a lifetime Rotarian, a charter member of Marysville Rotary, past president of St. Clair Rotary and a two-time Paul Harris Fellow. Education was a priority in his life and he was proud that all of his seven children had earned masters degrees or beyond, with his support and encouragement.

He was a long-time member of Marysville United Methodist Church, serving as youth director, and was active in the morning men’s fellowship.

Mr. Butler is survived by his wife of 64 years, Alice; four sons, Ralph O. (andElizabeth Hall) Butler IV of Centerville, Ohio, Cdr. Arthur R. (and Carolyn Fordham) Butler USCG (ret) of Plymouth, Brinton L. (and Rosalyn Sampeer) Butler of Commerce Township, and Cdr. George E. (and Teresa Siemen) Butler USCG (ret) of Mililani, Hawaii; three daughters, Barbara (and Jack) Lansing of Lansing, Beverly (and Glenn) Davis of Smiths Creek and Lorraine (and the Rev. Craig) Pillow of Clayton; 16 grandchildren, Aileen (and John) Burke, Ralph O. Butler V, Alicia M. Butler, Amy (and Kenneth) Berry, Jill (and Curtis) Hahn, Jack (and Kelly) Lansing, William Lansing, Capt. Kristin (and Lt. Jonathan) McCall, Megan (and Capt. Justin) Schlanser, Todd Butler, Mark Butler, Wesley Pillow, Vance Pillow, Nathan Butler, Mathew Butler and Andrew Butler; seven great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mrs. J.W. (Dorothy) Helscher of Washington, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.

Funeral services were Nov. 6 at Marysville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Barbara E. Welbaum officiating. Burial was in Morgan Cemetery in Dows, Iowa. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Blue Water Council B.S.A. for Wood Badge Scholarships, Rotary Foundation or Marysville United Methodist Church.

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