READER INPUT: It takes a village

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It is with great regret that we let our loving community know that Susan Kidwell, who battled melanoma cancer, passed away on Dec. 26.

During this difficult time, the community’s giving spirit shined through and the Kidwell family has felt supported and embraced with all of the donations and messages that have been sent to them.

Some say, “It takes a village.” But it’s very clear that big things happen when loving people from a small town with the spirit of an amazing high school come together.

Alan Kidwell Sr. is overcome with gratitude and expressed that the love and compassion of our community has been a true blessing during this difficult time.

Though filled with sadness, we’re grateful because God’s word tells us his plan is to “provide hope and a future.”

There’s great hope knowing we can continue to lift the financial and emotional burden of losing a loved one from the Kidwell’s shoulders. If you can, please go to to help defray the heavy financial costs a terminal illness can bring.

Thank you again for being God’s light and joining hands to give the Kidwell family hope for a better future.

Cindy Soldano and family, Loomis