A drop in the glass: Tavern sells pints for disabled child

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Kathy Deluca, left, owner of the Smiling Moose Tavern in Paris is selling pint glasses to help raise money for infant Titan Welch who was diagnosed with Treacher Collings Syndrome, a condition which alters the appearance of the face. Titan's mother Israelle, right, says the community support has been tremendous.
Kathy Deluca, left, owner of the Smiling Moose Tavern in Paris is selling pint glasses to help raise money for infant Titan Welch who was diagnosed with Treacher Collings Syndrome, a condition which alters the appearance of the face. Titan’s mother Israelle, right, says the community support has been tremendous.

PARIS — When the newlyweds moved into the neighborhood, just a few houses down from Kathy Deluca, she was excited to meet and welcome them. After a while, she knew it would only be a matter of time before they became part of the community.She couldn’t have known they’d become part of the family.

As Deluca describes her neighborhood, houses huddled on criss-crossing streets where neighbors plow your driveway, it’s easy to envision friendly faces knocking on their neighbors’ door, asking for milk, sugar, or eggs.

Except Deluca doesn’t trade in milk, and her new neighbors needed much more than ingredients for cookies; the bartender and co-owner of Smiling Moose Tavern in Paris grew estatic when Israelle and Adam Welch, her new neighbors, had their first child.

Which was when she found out something was wrong their newborn.

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