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Karen Lauderback: After cellphone lost in Northampton, a happy ending

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To the editor:

I visiting your fantastic town the weekend of Sept. 27-29 for my sister’s wedding shower. My mother and I refused to leave until we tried Joe’s Pizza, the absolute favorite of my brother-in-law to be. While using my cellphone to navigate back on our walk to his parents’ home, I dropped the phone on Prospect Street, and did not realize it until we were well on our way to Bradley International Airport. First thing Monday morning, my mother had a call from a woman who had found my phone while walking her dogs. By lunchtime, she had dropped the phone off to our hosts’ home (thank you Deb and Bob Bak), and by Tuesday my life was normal again.

However, because the finder of the phone was using my phone to make the call, and no one was home when she dropped off the phone, I was unable to get her name to follow up with a token of appreciation for her efforts. My aunt suggested I write to you in the hopes of perhaps a small write-up in your paper to acknowledge my gratitude in the hopes the person who saved me from a huge headache will know how thankful I am.

I suppose this ending to what could have been a real inconvenience should not be too surprising, because from the moment we entered Northampton I felt relaxed and welcomed. What a great city to have gotten to experience, if only for a weekend, and how great that it raised the perfect husband for my baby sister.

Karen R. Lauderback

Virginia Beach, Va.

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