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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    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.

Thomas, Cleave

Written by David Green.

Roscoe Van Cleave Thomas, 93, of Canandaigua Road, Hudson, Mich., died April 22, 2006 at his home.

He was born Dec. 4, 1912 in Pettisville, Ohio, the son of Roscoe and Inez (Merritt) Thomas. He married Florence Kutzley on April 16, 1937 in Morenci, Mich., and she survives.

In the 1930s Cleave served in the National Guard at Camp Grayling. He retired from Parker Chemical in 1978 and continued farming and raising horses. He looked forward to family reunions, picnics and his annual Halloween party. He enjoyed his family, travels with them, and parades with his cart and pony. He will be sadly missed.

Besides his wife, Cleave is survived by a daughter, Sharon (and Arnold) Ebersole of Lansing; two sons, Larry (and Jeannie) Thomas of Morenci and Rocky (and Patsy Lewis) Thomas of Palmyra; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Roy Thomas of Morenci; several nieces and nephews, and good friends, Dan and Connie Crickmore.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Ada Hough,  Edna Smith, Irene Powers and Minnie Wolf; and a brother, Elmer Thomas.

Funeral services were April 24 at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. Jim Yatzek officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

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