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Thanksgiving remains meaningful

TICONDEROGA People celebrate Thanksgiving in many different ways, but its certain local residents have much to be thankful for. Thanksgiving for me is a time to reflect on the good things in my life, said Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava. I have been granted the privilege of holding a job where I can try to help many people, and also individuals. I am thankful for my family, and our health. It is a time to look ahead, and also a time to reflect on the the past, he added. Although through the years I have lost family members and friends, they continue to live on in my heart, and I am thankful for being a part of their life. In reflecting back through the 50 years of my life, there are many people that that I truly owe a great thanksgiving. Bob Dedrick, Ticonderoga supervisor, plans on spending Thanksgiving with family and reflecting. It is a day that brings families together to give thanks, he said. It is also a day to celebrate divine goodness. Deb Malaney, executive director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, is spending the holiday with her daughter in Dallas. At Thanksgiving time, between trying to remember the recipe for everyones favorite cranberry/orange dressing and whose turn to say Grace, my thoughts wander to the tradition of the holiday and the first Thanksgiving, she said. I reflect on our heritage, patriotism and of abundance in our lives. To me, its a time to celebrate and share, to be with those most important to us, to remember those no longer with us and to re-tell their stories; to pass on the oral history of the family, if you will, Malaney said. These reflections are usually tolerated for about 10 minutes and conversation is redirected to more timely concerns, like, Whose turn to do the dishes? Karlene Gonyeau, a second grade teacher at St. Marys School in Ticonderoga, will spend part of Thanksgiving in prayer. Each day of my life is one of thanksgiving for Gods countless gifts; but on Thanksgiving Day I thank God in an extra special way for the many priceless blessings I have received from Him, she said. I appreciate all the good He has done for me as an individual, for us as a society and for our great nation where we have the freedom to worship and give thanks. I am grateful for the beauty and bounty of this good earth, the mystery and the marvels of all creation, the precious gift of life and the means to sustain it, the love of family and friends, the warmth of hearth and home, the opportunity to work and do for others, and the time for rest and relaxation, Gonyeau said. Thanksgiving Day is a day to recognize that the gifts we we hold in our hands and heart are not solely the results of our own efforts. We are indebted to others and ultimately to God for vast contributions to our well being. Thanksgiving is special to Jodie Sewall, a secretary at Mountainside Christian Academy in Schroon Lake. Cool crisp air chasing us into warm and cozy houses; homes filled with the laughter of friends and the aroma of roasting meat, and pumpkin pie; full stomachs, she said. but most importantly full hearts. For Nick Smith, a senior at Mountainside, Thanksgiving is a time of renewal. The breeze upon my neck, raises the hairs Ive shaved, he said. The cold wind brings back all thats passed away. Smith explained the hairs are all the things he has lost, given up or had cut away and the cool autumn wind brings it all back. Blake Carter, a pre-school student at Mountainside is less philosophical about Thanksgivings meaning. Family, turkey, a big dinner, he said. Willa Shakeshaft, a fourth grader at Putnam Central School, found humor in the holiday. Why did the turkey cross the road? she asked people at the annual Putnam Central School community Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 21. Because it was the chickens day off.

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