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.

Scott Frey searching for his father's military past 2.4

Written by David Green.

Donald Frey never did say much about his service in the U.S. Army, but he left a lot of memorabilia behind. Now his son, Scott, is trying to put the pieces together and get a better picture of his father’s military past.korean.medal.frey.jpg

“Dad never talked about his service,” Scott said. “I never even knew he was in the Coast Guard until I found his discharge papers.”

After patrolling the Great Lakes with the Guard, Don was drafted into the Army and first served in post-World War II Germany, followed by duty in Korea. He was discharged as a corporal in December 1953 at the end of the war in Korea.

Scott has puzzled out parts of his father’s past by looking through what was left behind. There are Army medals from Germany, military currency from Korea, a small field compass that was manufactured in Gladstone, Mich., plus badge, buttons and insignia.

 Scott has sought help at the Veteran’s Affairs office in Adrian and learned his father was eligible for the Korean Service Medal—an honor bestowed 50 years after the fact to thousands of veterans from that era.

It was discovered at the veteran’s office that Don was entitled to two other medals.

The collection of memorabilia now includes a Letter of Appreciation from former South Korean president Kim Dae-Jung issued in 2000 on the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities; a Certificate of Recognition from Robert Gates for service in the Cold War era; and a certificate from former U.S. President George W. Bush honoring Don’s service following his death in 2003.

Don’s uniform and the uniform worn by his father during World War I were donated to a museum in Illinois. Three of Don’s five older brothers were held as prisoners of war during World War II.

“He never talked about it and he never had any guns in the house,” Scott said, “but he did know how to fight. He taught us boys how to take someone down.”

Scott will continue to collect pieces of the past and pass the knowledge on to his son.

“My boy had no clue about what guys went through [in Korea],” Scott said.

That’s a part of war that often isn’t discussed.

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