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.

Sprague, Gregory

Written by David Green.

Gregory Wayne Sprague, 59, of Adrian, Mich., died Sept. 23, 2012, surrounded by his family and friends, under the care of Hospice of Lenawee.

He was born Aug. 31, 1953, in Hudson, Mich., and raised in Morenci by his parents, Dorothy and Harold Sprague. Greg married Janet M. Ely, his high school sweetheart, on May 12, 1974, and she survives.

Greg graduated from Morenci Area High School in 1971 and attended Rangley College in Colorado on a baseball scholarship. 

  Greg’s greatest enjoyment was his family and he never missing an activity or event and he especially enjoyed his daughters’ athletics.  He also loved gardening, fishing, mushroom hunting, University of Michigan sports and vacationing with his family and friends in northern Michigan and in Key West, Fla. 

Greg was known for his carefree personality that provided entertainment for all. He was the local jokester at the Spring’s party store which he owned and operated 13 years.  He also worked for a beverage company, direct line communication and flipped and remodeled houses. 

In addition to his wife, Greg is survived by two daughters, Dr. Sarah (and Eric) Salenbien and Rachel (and Eric) Nichols;  two grandchildren, Ella and Owen Salenbien; his mother, Dorothy Sprague; a sister, Brenda (and Doug) Wyeth; a brother, Matthew (and JoAnne) Sprague; and an aunt, Eunice Stone.

He was preceded in death by his father. 

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, with Pastor Fritz Kruse and Pastor Ron Keller officiating.  Burial will be in Green’s Lakeside Cemetery at Devils Lake. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday  at Anderson Funeral Home.  

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Gregory Sprague Scholarship Fund.

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