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.

Van Assche, James

Written by David Green.

Thomas James “Jim” Van Assche, 92, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., and formerly of Fayette, Ohio, died Feb. 21, 2011, surrounded by loved ones at his home.

Jim was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Dearborn to the late Albert and Anna (Ritterstorf) Van Assche. On Oct. 28, 1942, in Dearborn, he married Geraldine Merillat and she survives.

Jim spent his early life and raised his family in the Dearborn area, where he worked for Ford Motor Company, and later founded and operated Van Assche & Sons Construction. In 1974, he moved to rural Fayette, where he and Gerri made their home until May 2009.

He was an active and devoted parishioner of St. Sebastion Catholic Church in Dearborn and Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette. He was skilled in woodworking and carpentry, enjoyed gardening, and was blessed with an ever-witty sense of humor that could always make a person smile.

Jim served his country as a member of the United States Army during World War II.

In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by three sons, T. James II (and Kathy) Van Assche of Romulus, Mich., Robert (and Barb) Van Assche of Dearborn Heights, and Donald (and Sandy) Van Assche of Dearborn Heights; four daughters, Betty (and Frank) DeMilde of Dearborn Heights, Judith Collins of Dearborn Heights, Geraldine (and Brad) Rupp of Quincy, Mich., and Paula (and Glennis) Ferguson of Fayette; a brother, Eugene (and Virginia) VanAssche of Dearborn; a sister, Marie AuBuchon of Apache Junction, Ariz.; 36 grandchildren and 57 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Norbert, Andrew, and Robert; and a son-in-law, Michael Collins.

A Mass of Christian Burial is planned at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Dearborn, with Father Jeffrey Day as celebrant. Military interment will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday the Hackett-Metcalf Funeral Home in Dearborn.

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