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.

Hoyt, Marilee

Written by David Green.

Marilee Hoyt, 63, of Hillsdale, Mich., died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at home under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Hillsdale County.

She was born Feb. 19, 1948 in Morenci, Mich., the daughter of Charles and Darling (Russell) Cuff.

Marilee was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Jonesville and she worked for 17 years at Tenneco Automotive in Litchfield, until her illness.

She is survived by five children, Tim Vine of Fayette, Ohio, Sherry (and Glen) Fowler of California, Angela (and Bradley) Callaway of Edon, Ohio, Pamela (and Larry) Small of Hillsdale and Melody (and Arthur) McCall of Hillsdale; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her father, Charles Cuff; three brothers, Frank (and Betty) Cuff, Chuck (and Bonnie) Cuff and Mike (and Amy) Cuff; one sister, Jan (Bear) Buear; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Darling Fackler; step-father, Wayne Fackler; and her grandmother, Mary Cuff.

At Marilee’s request, cremation has taken place. Visitation is planned from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Hampton-Kurtz Funeral Home in Hillsdale. Interment will follow the visitation in the Northlawn Cemetery in North Adams. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Hillsdale County.

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