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The Independent Clause… June 19, 2013

It’s almost that time! Summer Vacation time is around the corner and I know I’m excited! For this year’s Summer Break for the Independent, we will NOT be publishing on JULY 10. So, NO PAPER JULY 10. We will be publishing July 3 and will be back in print July 17.

And before you head out for your summer fun, please consider RENEWING your subscription before you go!  As you can read on page 2 of this week’s print edition, starting next week, you will be able to find your subscription expiration date on your mailing label. Many subscribers will need to renew by August 29. So why not get a jump on it so you’re not worried about it all summer, as we know you might be… AND early subscribers will have a chance to win a weekly prize!Names of renewal and new subscribers will stay in the prize pool until they are winners or until the contest ends. So the earlier you subscribe the MORE

My sister (right) and I in our Easter finest somewhere around 1963 or 1964. We’re the same height now. But she’s still older…

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Well, I had quite a weekend… About 6 years ago, my sister was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the blood plasma. While the doctors were able to send the cancer into full remission,her kidneys were permanently damaged and she has been on dialysis for 4 years. She recently found out she was at the top of the list for a kidney transplant and on Friday she got the call. I have to say it was much like someone having a baby. “It’s time!” and off she went while we waited to hear that everything had gone well.

We don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl kidney, but so far it’s a working kidney and my sister is already feeling better than she has in years. We are eternally grateful to the person who thought ahead, and to their family that, while grieving for their own loss, gave my sister a chance to return to a normal life. It certainly puts things into perspective.

Cyndy Bremer, managing editor,