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.

Hart, Helen

Written by David Green.

Helen Hart, 81, of Morenci, Mich., died Saturday, June 23, 2007, at Bixby Medical Center in Adrian, Mich.

She was born Sept. 14, 1925, in Detroit, Mich., to John and Mary (Pavkovic) Durjan.  She married Russell  Neal Hart on April 21, 1943, in Morenci and he survives.

Helen was a life-long Morenci area resident, member of the Morenci United Methodist Church, Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary and United Methodist Women.  She was a volunteer at Grand Court in Adrian and enjoyed arts, crafts, flowers, cards and especially the game of canasta.

Surviving Helen besides her husband Russell of Morenci are two daughters, Barbara (and Ken) Vallieu of Hillsdale, Mich., and Esther (and Tom) Gilbert of Onsted, Mich.; one son, Roger (and Lisa) Hart of Tecumseh, Mich.; nine grandchildren, Brian (and Mary) Vallieu of Midland, Mich.; Kristin (and Geoff) Malosh of Pittsburgh, Pa., Matt (and Beth) Girdham of Bollingbrook, Ill., Joline Girdham of Bollingbrook, Jeff (and Kay) Gilbert of Onsted, Mich., Joe (and Rachelle) Gilbert of Tecumseh, Jeremey Gilbert of Tecumseh, Sarah and Anneka Hart, both of Tecumseh; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Martha (and Harold) Waterbury of Metamora, Ohio, Betty Marsh of Morenci and Margaret (and Ron) Wheeler of Wauseon, Ohio; one brother, Martin (and Ann) Durjan of Portland, Ore.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, three brothers, one daughter and two great-granddaughters.

A Celebration of Life for Helen is planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. William VanValkenburg and Mr. Bob Dister officiating.  Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.  Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may make memorial contributions to Hospice of Lenawee County.

    

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