The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

  • Front.cheers
    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
  • Family.3.wide
    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.
  • Front.newpaper.2
    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.
  • Front.code.2
    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.
  • Front.gym.new
    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.
  • Front.lift
    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.
  • Front.library.books
    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.

Fayette Fire Dept. has several 40-year-plus members 09.10.09

Written by David Green.

VETERANS—Following the retirement of Earl Ferguson, the Gorham Fayette Fire Department still has four members with more than 40 years of service. From the left is Dick Buehrer (49 years), Gary Rice (45 years), Dick Vine (43 years), Boomer Rice (41 years) and Tom Stambaugh (36 years).


Some people might see a lot of old guys on the Gorham Fayette Fire Department. Chief Tom Franks sees a lot of experience.

Earl Ferguson officially retired last month and received a plaque for 47 years of service, but he isn’t the senior member. That honor goes to Dick Buehrer with 49 years and counting.

Those two aren’t the only 40-year veterans of the department. Gary Rice comes in at 45 years, Dick Vine at 43 years and Calvin “Boomer” Rice at 41 years.

Next in line, Tom Stambaugh, trails with “only” 36 years on the squad.

Some chiefs might think the department is tipping a little heavy on the older end of the scale, but Chief Franks doesn’t mind.

“To tell you the truth, I’m glad I do have them because there’s a lot of knowledge and experience there to bring forth to the newer members. Those guys are a dying breed.”

Franks said his senior member, Buehrer, lives about a block from the fire station and he’s always the first person to arrive for a call.

“Dick shows up more than anyone, too,” Franks said. “He probably drives about 80 percent of the rescue runs.”

Ferguson had cut back some in the last two years, Franks said, but he always kept his training up and still helped out when available.

Looking back over more than 40 years with the department, Ferguson said he really enjoyed his time as a volunteer. He served in a variety of roles, from driving to helping out with LifeFlight landings, and, of course, fighting a lot of fires.

He said he leaves the department with a lot of good memories along with some unpleasant ones from responding to accidents that remain hard to shake.

Franks said he likes to keep his roster at 35 members and it’s currently full. He can only take EMT volunteers now and the department pays for schooling.

Eventually it will be time to bring on a new member or two, and when that day arrives, he’ll turn to his veterans to help teach the rookies how to get the job done.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016