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.

Arnett, Patricia

Written by David Green.

Patricia Arnett, 81, of Clayton, Mich., died Nov. 26, 2011, at the Fulton Manor in Wauseon, Ohio.

She was born Sept. 7, 1930, in Centerline, Mich., the daughter of Joseph and Mabel (Richardson) Taubitz. On July 18, 1975, in Adrian, Mich., she married Jack Arnett and he survives.

Pat has lived in the Morenci area since she was 15 years old. She was formerly employed at Morenci Rubber Company, retiring in 1982 after 15 years of service. She was also co-owner of Hudson Lake Market for 22 years.

She attended the Medina Federated Church and was a past member of the UAW Cap Council for 15 years, past president of the UAW for eight years, served as president and secretary of the Morenci Bowling Association and was a campaign manager for the Democratic Party for more 30 years.

Besides her husband, Pat is survived by two daughters, Judith Ort of Morenci and Janet (and Michael) Belknap of Hudson, Mich.; a son, Michael (and Carol) Culp of Morenci; four step-children; 25 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; and two sisters, Maxine Serilla of Detroit and Jean Redlawski of Morenci.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Roy Taubitz.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Medina Federated Church in Medina, with Rev. Darren Lemmon officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.  Visitation is scheduled from noon until the time of service at the church.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Medina Federated Church.

Arrangements were through the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

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