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The Boston Globe


Yvonne Abraham

A friend, indeed

ATTLEBORO — For almost every one of the last 1,560 Sundays, John McCarron has pulled into the parking lot by the gray wooden house on Bank Street, climbed the rickety back stairs, and pushed open the door to the apartment where Joseph Blanchard waits in his church clothes.

Blanchard lets out a deafening, high-pitched “Whoooooop!” when McCarron arrives on a recent morning. He throws his arms around McCarron’s neck and holds him tight for a long time. McCarron pats his back and waits for Blanchard to release him.

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