I have the incredibly sad news that Deborah Benning passed away last night. She had been gravely ill for the past few weeks after being in and out of the hospital for much of the summer. Deborah will be missed by those of us on Council who depended upon her knowledge of the Village, understanding of everything to do with Village governance, her frequent jokes and great laughter. The community has lost a life-time resident who served this community for years, first as an elected official and then as the Clerk of Council. There will be a memorial service for Deborah at the Bryan Center on Saturday, December 5 at a time to be announced. Please keep her partner Ronnie and his daughter Ashanta and the rest of her family in your thoughts and prayers.