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THANKSGIVING is a time for reflection, family, food and yes, football.

The last days of autumn hold a longstanding tradition of celebrating a bountiful

harvest throughout the Americas and Europe.

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared such a feast, cementing what is considered by many to be the “first” thanksgiving meal. President Abraham Lincoln appointed a day of thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt set the date to the fourth Thursday in November in 1939, which was approved by Congress in 1941. Continue the tradition and count your blessings today (and every day).

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

This sounds cheesy, but I’m thankful for everything, really. I have a comfortable apartment, good health, a car that works and a family that actually talks to each other. I have a good job and food in the fridge. I am not always good at it, but I need to always see bad times as opportunities to gain more perspective. No matter what happens, I have a lot for which to be thankful.

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And what do you wish for in the upcoming year?

Personally, I hope to put my skis on 50 times this year. Professionally, I hope my personal goal will not endanger my job. And, while I’m juggling those two, to remember to treat others the way I would want to be treated. My favorite idea about wishes came from Edgar Allen Poe, who wrote: “I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.” I’m still figuring that out…

What are you thankful for this thanksgiving?

I’m thank that my wife’s cancer has been in remission for more than

And what do you wish for in the upcoming year?

Prosperity to return to the county and all in our area. Great weather and no fires.