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What a relief it is to have Molly Rascoe and Ben Sudduth home safe and sound after Molly's successful kidney transplant on Dec. 1. (For information about Molly's transplant, see the story in this issue of the paper.) And what a wonderful outcome not only for them but for all of us. Bravo to them and their families, for showing such determination and grit.

And bravo to all of the people in town and elsewhere who helped them through this. When I sat down with both families to interview them for the story, the first thing everyone wanted to tell me was how much they appreciate all the support they've had. Ben said that lots of people stepped up to offer assistance to him in getting through the arduous task of donating a kidney. Donations of gas money (many trips to Burlington), dog watching, food-he said that it all really made a difference and wanted me to make sure everyone knew that. Brad Rascoe said the same thing. He repeatedly stressed how much easier this long struggle has been for Molly and her family because of the support they've received all along.

There's much more to write about this inspiring story, but space is limited and there are other good causes out there with noteworthy upcoming events. I'll keep readers updated in future columns.

On Monday, Dec. 13, the Chamber of Commerce and the Chazy and Westport phone company will put up the annual holiday decorations on the Library Lawn. Anyone who'd like to help is encouraged to show up starting at 10 a.m., when they'll begin hanging the lights. Drop offs of hot beverages and donut-like food substances would also be much appreciated by the volunteers. And if you can help prepare the decorations, that will start at Heritage House Friday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m.

Finally, don't miss the festive Holiday Singalong at the Westport Library on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m., led by the trio of Gigi Carroll, Katherine Houseal, and Susan Forney Hughes, accompanied by Mary Lu Kirsty on piano. For more information, call 962-4022.

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