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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

Cochranes named king and queen

Written by David Green.

Morenci takes the honors this year at the annual Valentine celebration at Fulton Manor in Wauseon.cochrane.jpg

Morenci residents Herbert “Bill” and Irene Cochrane were named King and Queen of the Manor.

Irene moved into the manor first, about four years ago, after she broken her hip. Bill moved into the assisted care facility for a few months before joining Irene in the Manor.

Bill farmed until 1964 before moving to Morenci to work for Jim Barrett and Harley Hodges, first in farming and later as a fairway mower at their golf course in Ottawa Hills. Irene was a homemaker all of her married life.

That leads to Bill’s secret to a long and successful marriage: “She was willing to do it all, and I was willing to let her.”

Bill will turn 90 years old Aug. 2 and Irene will follow Aug. 16. The Cochranes will celebrate 69 years of marriage on June 28.

Their children are Carol (and Larry) Clymer, Beverly (and Don) Zuvers, Sharon (and Ernie) Hicks and Gary (and Tammy) Cochrane. Bob is deceased. They have 15 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

Carol said her parents are doing quite well, although her mother has difficulty walking. Her parents enjoy dinner out every Sunday.

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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