The small town of Winthrop is a community of heart and soul. While every American small town endures the loss of a youngster or young adult at times, the Winthrop families of those who have passed far too young and the Winthrop community have suffered more than their share.

One doesn’t need to look back too far to see the loss of these young folks from illness, accident, self-infliction and even murder to realize the extent of these tragedies. The recent loss of one of the brightest and so full-of-life young adults, Kelsey Stoneton, has not only brought family, friends and the community to their knees with grief and sorrow, but also has brought out the heart and soul of everyone touched by the loss of an exceptional young woman.

After some level of healing, I hope we all will smile more and give each other a glimpse of our compassion and humanity for each other. Instead of grinding through our daily lives and overreacting to insignificant frictions, we can share a smile, a nod, a wink.

With a simple smile, this young woman showed wisdom far beyond her years.

It seems that with each loss, Winthrop folks bring their heart and soul into the public. I hope this time we embrace Kelsey’s wisdom and live that heart and soul every day.

Mark Christopher


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