Pasco suffers return of cancer

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Greenfield Mayor Dick Pasco (left, helping out at the Parade of Flowers during the Riley Festival in October), has worn a feeding tube since 2012 to help with his nutrition. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Mayor Dick Pasco’s liver cancer has returned, his family confirmed Tuesday.

Pasco was hospitalized over the weekend for dehydration and back pain because his feeding tube was blocked. Tuesday afternoon, his wife, Joanie, and daughter, Jennifer, issued a statement to the citizens of Greenfield saying after a series of tests, doctors have discovered the cancer has recurred.

“At this early stage, no treatment options have been determined, and further testing will be done over the next few days,” the letter states. “Rest assured, your city will function as normal.”

City councilman Jason Horning was appointed mayor pro tem at least through Dec. 15. Horning, also a city firefighter, said he will be taking compensation time from the fire department every time he is called to act as mayor. He said for the most part, city department heads will run the city as they always have, and he will act as mayor only as needed.

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