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.

Metcalf, Jack

Written by David Green.

Jack G. Metcalf, 89, of Flushing,  Mich., formerly of Adrian and Tecumseh, died Jan. 27, 2007, at the Fostrian Court Assisted Living Center in Flushing.

He was born Dec. 1, 1917, in Morenci to Ira and Sara (Gardner) Metcalf. On May 19, 1940, he married Jane Warner in Tecumseh.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 during World War II. He was a sergeant with the 402nd Field Artillery Battalion and helped to liberate Dachau, Germany.

Along with his father, he owned and operated the Metcalf Market in Morenci.  He was graduated from Morenci High School.

Jack was appointed the Postmaster for the Tecumseh Post Office in 1952, retiring in 1977 after 25 years of service. He was the counselor for the Postmaster’s Orientation Program, a member of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States, and a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

He was a 50-year member of the First Presbyterian Church in Tecumseh, a lifetime member of the Fairfield Masonic Lodge #125 F.&A.M., a member of the Royal Arch Masons of Michigan, and served as Past President of the Tecumseh Exchange Club.

Jack spent winters in Florida after retiring, where he won many shuffleboard tournaments.

He is survived by a daughter, Ann Czmer and her husband, Dana, of Flushing; three grandchildren, Matthew (and Julie) Czmer, Kathleen Kool and Susan (and Lukas) Schrader; eight great-grandchildren, Megan, Nicholas, Lauren and Matthew Czmer, A.J. and Maya Kool, and Seth and Trenton Schrader.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Jane C. Metcalf.

Funeral services were Jan. 3, at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian. Burial followed in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci with full military rites conducted by the Morenci American Legion Post #368.

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