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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.

Sampson, Jack

Written by David Green.

Jack Sampson, 76, of Morenci, Mich., died Aug. 5, 2012, at home.

He was born Oct. 18, 1935, in Morenci, the son of Willis and Addie (Sharr) Sampson. On Nov. 19, 1977, in Morenci, he married Janet Schmidt and she survives.

Jack was a union painter in Toledo and Adrian, but that was only part of his life history.  He moved around a lot when he was younger, living in Oklahoma, Montana and Alaska, but ended up coming back where he loved the best and that was Morenci. He enjoyed doing painting in Morenci for whoever needed him and if he had loads of jobs he had to do, he never stressed out about it.  He just said it gave him something to look forward to.

When Jack wasn’t painting he was refinishing antique furniture for himself or for someone else who asked for his help.  He was an outgoing guy with many friends.

Jack was a dedicated Morenci Post #368 Legionnaire and member of Voiture #997, 40et8.  He was a person you could count on for anything that was within his power to do. He will be missed beyond words, because above everything else he was quite a guy.

Besides his wife, Jan, Jack is survived by two children, Lisa Mynhier of Fayette, Ohio, and Leonard Seeley of Surprise, Ariz.; a granddaughter, Chelsea Mynhier; two stepsons, Burnell “Butch” Venia, Jr., of Fayette, and Barry Venia of Wauseon, Ohio, and their children and grandchildren; a brother, Jim (and Joyce) Sampson of Chilliwack, British Columbia; and a special nephew, Rick Milroy.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; stepdaughter, Kelly Venia; son-in-law, Jim Mynhier; three sisters, Betty Gould, Sharrlene Taylor and Mary Potts; and two brothers, Bill and Dick “Rabbit” Sampson.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.  Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee County.

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