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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.

Jeffrey Vereecke to lead Bank of Lenawee offices 2007.12.19

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Adrian isn’t quite home for Morenci native Jeff Vereecke, but it’s getting close. When he takes charge of the Bank of Lenawee’s nine offices next year, he’ll have the feeling that he’s coming home.

With the October acquisition of the Bank of Lenawee’s holdings by First Federal, Vereecke was promoted from executive vice president of First Federal’s retail banking to president of the bank’s Northern Market.

“I’ll be putting a lot of miles on,” Vereecke said about the territory soon to be within hisjeff_vereecke.grey.jpg oversight.

In addition to the Bank of Lenawee offices in Adrian, First Federal will assume  ownership of offices in Tecumseh, Hudson, Morenci and Hillsdale. First Federal offices in Montpelier, Bryan and Wauseon, Ohio, are also part of the Northern Market. The Bank of Lenawee Waldron office will be closed when First Federal takes over in March.

Vereecke has made a career out of working with First Federal. Not long after earning a finance degree from Grand Valley State University, he took a job in the banking company’s credit department in 1984.

After 10 years in the lending department, he was promoted to senior vice president and chief lending officer. In 1998 he was promoted to executive vice president of retail banking.

“I’ve spent 23 years with First Federal,” Vereecke noted, “half of my life.”

Vereecke is the only First Federal employee from the main office heading north through the acquisition. He said Bank of Lenawee clients should expect the same customer service as before, along with some new products such as wealth management, insurance and investment options.

At the Morenci office, Sue Bachman will be returning from Adrian to serve as assistant manager of customer service.

“We’re glad to have her back in Morenci,” Vereecke.

Overall, he said, the biggest change customers should see is a new First Federal sign that will be erected for the March changeover.

At that time, First Federal will have 34 offices ranging from Tecumseh in the north to Lima in the south, and from Toledo west to Ft. Wayne.

“I am excited about returning to the Adrian area and working with the Bank of Lenawee staff as we prepare to integrate the Bank of Lenawee into the First Federal Bank network,” Vereecke stated in a press release. “I am impressed with the commitment to customer service the staff exhibits, and I look forward to continuing the tradition of local decision-making and community involvement that Bank of Lenawee has established in the region.”

Rick DeVries, current president and CEO of the Bank of Lenawee stated, “I am personally very pleased with Jeff's appointment as president of this market. He has strong ties to the area, and the background and experience to guide the bank into the next phase of development.  I am convinced that Jeff’s leadership and commitment to true community banking will be beneficial to customers, employees and shareholders of the bank.”

Vereecke and wife, Karen (Deatrick), are the parents of seven children ranging in age from two to 22. The family will relocate in the Adrian area.

 

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