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.

Sutherland, Alice

Written by David Green.

Alice Sutherland, 93, of Morenci, Mich., died, Dec. 18, 2010.

Alice was born April 25, 1917, in Onsted, Mich., to Albert and Almeta (Hartzog) Williams. On March 15, 1934, she married C.W. Sutherland, Jr., in Pittsford, Mich., and  he preceded her in death Feb. 16, 1989.

Alice was a long-time resident of the Morenci area and  worked at Peter Stamping Co. in Fayette, Ohio, where she retired after 18 years.  In that time she also raised eight grandchildren.

After a short retirement, she went back to work at Mike’s Pizza Pro in Morenci for 11 years, then worked for Maid For You for three more years. She finally retired at the age of 84.

She was a long-time member of the Morenci American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #368.  She loved going to the horse races with her grandson, Gene.

Alice is survived by five children, Janice (and Doug) Hawkins of Ruskin, Fla., Barb (and John) Wall of Addison, Mich., Mace (and Vera) Sutherland of Ruskin, Fla., Russell (and Maxine) Sutherland of Morenci, and Gary (and Sue) Sutherland of Morenci; 38 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pauline Smith and Claudine Cox; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Russell, Berdall and Athal Williams; a sister, Doris Griffith; and a grandson, Rick Bender.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. Aden Porter officiating.  Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci American Legion or to the Morenci United Methodist Church.

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