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.

Pinkelman, Karen Donahue

Written by David Green.

Karen Donahue Pinkelman, 44, of Lyons, Ohio, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, at the Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio.

She was born Sept. 1, 1965, in Wauseon, the daughter of “Wink” and “Sue” (Mizer) Frantz.  On Sept. 10, 1983, in Chesterfield Twp., Ohio, she married Dennis Donahue. He preceded her in death March 27, 2006.  On April 24, 2010, in Swanton, Ohio, she married Tim Pinkelman and he survives.

Karen was a lifelong Lyons area resident and was a graduate of the Evergreen High School class of 1983.  She worked at the Lyons Hair Salon in Lyons for many years.

Karen is described as a “the glass is half full” person who was always giving to others. Her passions in life were her family, friends, and running.  After she lost her first husband, Dennis Donahue, she started a “Trot for the Track” event which was a huge part of the new track at the Evergreen High School. Her life has touched many people from young to old.

Besides her husband, Karen is survived by a daughter, Taryn Donahue of Lyons; two sons, Brandon (and Andrea Abbott) Donahue of Lyons and Blake Donahue of Lyons; step-children, Lexie, Mackenzie, Shelbie and Logan Pinkelman; two sisters, Debby (and Rick) Gleckler of Wauseon and Lynne (and Kenneth) Shadbolt of Morenci, Mich.; two brothers, Jeffrey (and Lori) Frantz of Clinton, Mich., and Michael Frantz of Morenci; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Kitty Donahue of Lyons; step-father, Bud Spencer of St. Helen, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her first husband, Dennis Donahue, Karen was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Nash Donahue.

Funeral services are planned at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at Evergreen High School (south of Metamora, Ohio) with Pastor Brent Pomroy and Pastor Mitch Maxted officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the school.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association.

Funeral arrangements were made through the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

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