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Westport 8/7

I think it's really wonderful the way our community has rallied around Molly Rascoe, the brave Westport Central School student who's been struggling with a rare illness that impaired her kidney function. Her doctors hope Molly will soon be eligible for a kidney transplant. But until that happens, she has to keep up a demanding timetable of hospital trips for dialysis and other treatments. It's hard to imagine what a burden this must be for her and her family.

There will be a benefit softball tournament for Molly at WCS Saturday, Aug. 7, to help defray the cost of these frequent trips across the lake. This seems such a great idea to me because I've seen Molly around school in all sorts of contexts, but when I stop and think about it, my image of Molly is on the softball field. She loves the game, so it's a perfect way to show support for her.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. and play starts at 10 a.m. If you're interested in registering your team ahead of time, or for more information, contact Bob McGoldrick at 962-4941 or e-mail mcgoldrick@charter.

If students like Molly represent the hope for our future, we also gain much from remembering those who have made a difference to us in the past. One person who made a difference to many of us was Barney Whitford, who passed away May 28, and who for so many years greeted the world with an always-cheery smile from the old Texaco service station at the north end of Dudley Road. His wife, Betty Whitford, asked me to let Barney's many friends in town know there will be a party in Barney's memory Saturday, Aug. 7, starting at 1 p.m., at 2511 Moriah Road in Moriah. "This is what Barney wanted," she said. Bring a chair and a story.

Here's a reminder from Patty Beto fill out and return your census forms if you haven't already done so. Stand up and be counted - someday you might need the services that only an accurate count will guarantee.

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