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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.

Schaffner, Milton "Mick"

Written by David Green.

Milton L. “Mick” Schaffner, 86, of rural Waldron, Mich., died Dec. 14, 2012, at Fairlawn Haven Special Care Unit in Archbold, Ohio, following several months of declining health.

He was born Nov. 19, 1926, the only child of the late Hubert and Helen (Wallace) Schaffner. He married Barbara Ann Goble on Oct. 6, 1946, in Fayette, and she survives.

Mick lived his entire life in the Fayette area, and attended Gorham Fayette High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944, and proudly served aboard the U.S.S. Lexington as a radio operator. He stated that he could have hit the Emperor of Japan with a baseball at the signing of the peace treaty, as his ship was alongside the Missouri at that time.

Starting life as a carpenter, Mick used those skills as a foundation throughout his life as he became a farmer and millwright. In his retirement, he stayed busy in his wood shop until his body could no longer keep up.

Mick loved to help people and was honored for such when he and Barb were named Fayette Citizens of the Year in 2002.

He was a life member of the John Dale Post 143 of the American Legion, serving in many leadership positions during a period of more than 60 years. Mick also worked part-time for Eagle Funeral Homes, starting in the 1960s when an ambulance service accompanied the business. He also volunteered many hours to the betterment of the Fayette Opera House.

In September of 2011, he had the privilege of taking Honor Flight to the World War II Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

In addition to his wife, Mick is survived by five children, Kristine (and Robert) Keiser of Fayette, Colleen (and Merritt) Kimball of Worthington, Ohio, Marsha Kutzley of Fayette, Philip (and Christine) Schaffner of Alvordton, Ohio, and Nancy (and Trent) Lavinder of Fayette; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mick was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Kellen Keiser.

Funeral services for Mick Schaffner are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Pastors Kathy Currier and Jonathan Kimball officiating. Military interment will follow at Pleasant View Union Cemetery with rites conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard. Visitation is scheduled from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations in Mick’s honor are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice.

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