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Harper retirees lose home to fire, find community compassion

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

HARPER – The holiday wreath still hangs beside what was once the front door of the home of Tom Mooney and his wife JoAnne.

Not much is left after fire destroyed their remote home on a Sunday evening more than a week ago.

And now the community has rallied to help the couple recover as Christmas fast approaches.

The generosity of people in Harper, Little Valley and Vale started just hours after the fire and hasn’t let up.

“By Monday morning, the phone was ringing every 10 minutes,” said Karen Shira, the . . .