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Molly and her dad say the community has been wonderfully supportive in many ways. One source of support has been the Christopher Emmet Hallowell Fund, which was started by the friends and family of Westport resident Christopher Hallowell after he passed away in December 2002, to help families with children who face extensive medical treatment pay for incidental costs such as travel, meals, and lodging. The CEH fund is relatively new, and I'm helping them get the word out that this resource is available to families from Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties. If you're interested, drop me an email and I'll be happy to answer your questions about it and send you a brochure.

In fact, the CEH fund was the latest nonprofit to benefit from donations at one of the Dogwood Bread Company's Senior / Community Luncheons, which was held in January at the bakery in Wadhams. On behalf of the fund, I'd like to thank Dogwood owners Courtney and Keri Fair, as well as Cathy Quaglietta and everyone else who helped. The next luncheon is coming up later in February. I'll fill you in next week.

Last but certainly not least, congratulations to Homer Estus, who was honored by the fire department on February 3 for 50 years of dedicated service as a Westport volunteer firefighter, with at least a decade as firefighter in Essex before that. We are truly fortunate to have a man like Homer Estus here in our small town. His selfless service makes Homer a valuable role model for the rest of us. We can only say that we are profoundly grateful.

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