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Last week Village Council member Gerry Simms received holiday baking staples from Village employee Chris Hamilton as part of the legacy of ex-slave Wheeling Gaunt, which mandates that the Village provide flour and sugar to all local widows and widowers. (Photo by Suzanne Szempruch)

Last week Village Council member Gerry Simms received holiday baking staples from Village employee Chris Hamilton as part of the legacy of ex-slave Wheeling Gaunt, which mandates that the Village provide flour and sugar to all local widows and widowers. (Photo by Suzanne Szempruch)

A sweet tradition continues

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Last week Village Council member Gerry Simms received holiday baking staples from Village employee Chris Hamilton as part of the legacy of ex-slave Wheeling Gaunt, which mandates that the Village provide flour and sugar to all local widows and widowers. This was the first year the tradition was extended to widowers, like Simms, whose wife died in 2010. Being on a fixed income like many widows, Simms said it was a no-brainer to all the Council members when Council member Lori Askeland suggested the tradition include widowers also. Simms enjoys baking and this flour and sugar will help him with his muffins, pizza dough and his favorite, lemon meringue pie.

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