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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.

Mercer, Raymond

Written by David Green.

Raymond L. Mercer, 83, of Fayette, Ohio, died July 10, 2007.

He was born July 20, 1923, in Monroe, Mich., to Hazel (Schoonover) and Roscoe J. Mercer. He married Lee, the love of his life, in Seoul, Korea, on Feb. 16, 1962, and she survives.

Raymond grew up in Morenci. As a young man he joined the Army and traveled the world. After 21 years in the service, he returned to the Morenci area. He was employed at Fayette Tubular Products for 18 years before retiring.

He was a good man, a great mechanic, and loved life. He will be missed by his family.

Besides his wife of 46 years, he is survived by a sister, Kathryn Bristoll of Adrian; nephews Michael Bristoll of Adrian and John (and Tammie) Bristoll of Tecumseh; great-nieces, Amanda and Leyna Bristoll of Tecumseh and great-nephew, John Marcus Bristoll of Tecumseh. Raymond shared a special bond and his sense of humor with his great nieces and nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a niece, Melody (Bristoll) Fetty.

Funeral services are planned at noon Friday, July 13, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 10 a.m. until service time.   

 The following information was added by relatives:

Raymond L. Mercer, 83, son of Roscoe and Hazel (Schoonover) Mercer, died July 10, 2007, in Wauseon, Ohio.


Raymond served in Burma during World War II, in the Korea conflict and the Berlin airlift. 

His ex-wife, Vincenzina (Polizzi), 87, preceded him in death Jan. 7, 2007.


Raymond is survived by a daughter, Stephanie (and Robert) McGowan of Marion, Ohio; grandchildren Robert  and Carisma; one son, Major  Carmen Raymond (and Emy) Mercer of Cinnaminson, N.J.; and grandchildren, Christopher, Victoria, Rachel, Jessica, Raymond and Matilda.

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