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.

Downing, Bobbie

Written by David Green.

Bobbie L. Downing, 83, died May 23, 2011, surrounded by his family at the Ebeid Hospice Center in Sylvania, Ohio.

He was born Nov. 4, 1927 in Hutchinson, Kansas, to Charles H. and Millie (Bertha) Downing. Bob graduated from Lyons High School in 1946. He married Myrtle Derby in 1950 and she survives.

Bob worked as a tool and die maker for Dura Corporation in Adrian, Mich. While employed there he held offices in Local 1348 as a committeeman, financial secretary and president. He retired in 1993 after 29 years of service. He was also an active member of the Lyons Christian Church, serving as a trustee. He served as a Lyons volunteer fireman for 42 years, and also on the Lyons Board of Public Affairs.

Bob will be remembered for his great sense of humor, but he will be most remembered by his ambition and devotion to his family.

Bob loved to travel and enjoyed spending summers at the family cottage at Devils Lake, Mich. The family enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. He especially enjoyed spending his winter months with Myrtle in Ft. Myers/Cape Coral, Florida.

Besides his wife, Bob is survived by three children, Teresa (and Randy) Burgermeister of Lyons, Cheryl (and Frank) LoFiego of Sylvania, Ohio, and Mark (and Taryn) Downing of Lyons; six grandchildren, Joshua (and Jessica) Burgermeister, Jessica Burgermiester, Cara (and Shawn) O’Neill, Tony (and Brittany) LoFiego, Dominic (and Cheryl) LoFiego, and Alicia Downing (and Ray Hohenbrink); six great-grandchildren, Aiden and Ella Burgermeister, Jace Burgermeister, Shamus, Maggie, and Finnegan O’Neill, Isabella LoFiego and Clayton Hohenbrink; three sisters-in-law, Gertrude Downing of Wauseon, Ohio, Doris Derby of Morenci, Mich., and Alberta Haupricht of Lyons; two brothers-in-law, Gerald (and Sondra) Derby of Sand Creek, Mich., and Roger Schantz of Archbold, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Vernard and Donzell Downing.

Visitation is planned from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Lyons Christian Church, with the funeral services immediately following. Interment will follow at Lyons Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lyons Christian Church or the Lyons Fire Department.

Arrangements were made by Weigel Funeral Home.

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