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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.

Valentine, Rita

Written by David Green.

Rita Marie Valentine, 82, of Archbold, died Tuesday evening, March 27, 2007 at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home in Archbold.

Rita was born in Swanton on Sept. 25, 1924, the daughter of the late Romanus and Rosa  Gillen. On July 8, 1942, she married Howard Valentine, and he preceded her in death in 1996.

She  was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Archbold. Prior to her retirement she had worked for Cable and Wire in Swanton and then ITT Higbie in Archbold.

Surviving, are two daughters, Diane (and Alvin) Keefer of Fayette, and Brenda (and Terry) Valentine-Reckmo of Dayton; two grandsons, Tim (and Kristi) Keefer of Defiance and Todd Keefer of Fayette; two great-granddaughters, Destiny Keefer of Celina, and Emily Keefer of Defiance; and one brother, Cecil Gillen, of Swanton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, one daughter, Linda Valentine, and one brother, Don Gillen.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31 at St. Peter  Catholic Church in Archbold, with the Rev. Father Gary Ferguson officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Assumption.

The family requests that memorial contributions be given to Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home.

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