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.

Cooch, Alfred

Written by David Green.

Alfred T. Cooch, 77, of Kelso Rd., North Adams, Mich., died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Coldwater (Mich.) Hospital.

He was born Aug. 24, 1932, in Wheatland Twp., Mich., the son of Reginald and Florence (Bridgeford) Cooch. He married Reva Double on June 15, 1958, in Waldron, Mich., and she preceded him in death Aug. 10, 2003.

Alfred was a life-long farmer. He also worked at Reed Air in Waldron and retired in 1998 after 33 years of service. He graduated from Addison High School in 1950, attended Wheatland Congregational Church, and served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Alfred was a member of the Adams Grange, Hillsdale American Legion Post #53, and the V.F.W. Posts in North Adams and Hillsdale.

Surviving Alfred is a daughter, Dawn Bastien of Pittsford; one son, Thomas Cooch of North Adams; four grandchildren, Brian, Eric, Heidi and Holly Bastien; mother-in-law, Nora Double of Waldron; a sister-in-law, Fay Double of Toledo, Ohio; one niece, Michelle Meade of Lansing, Mich.; one nephew, Brad (and Tina) Double of Morenci, Mich.; and five great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; brother, Raymond; son-in-law, Herkle Bastien; father-in-law, Marion Double; and a brother-in-law, Olen Double.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson, Mich., with Rev. Clyde Wonders officiating. Military interment will follow at Dibble Cemetery in Wheatland Township. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Wheatland Congregational Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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