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Sharing the 'thanks' in Thanksgiving

Lake Oswegans offer thoughts to celebrate this special day


by: JOSH KULLA - Westridge Elementary School kindergarten teachers - from left, Tina Johnson, Kelly Troike, Jennifer Pasternak - toasted their students during a special Thanksgiving event Nov. 22 during which students learned about the history of the turkey holiday and enjoyed a meal.Having passed nearly six years on Navy recall away from home, I’ve visited countless countries across the globe. I’m thankful to be American. I’m thankful to live in a country which peacefully transfers power. I’m thankful that, despite occasionally stubbing our toe, the United States continues to aspire to maintain its founding ideals of equality (the condition of being equal), rights (basic conditions guaranteed to each person) and liberty (the freedom to think or act without being limited by unnecessary force). These ideals support the promise that people should have the chance to attain their hopes and dreams.

— Jonathan C. Puskas, Lake Oswego, is a commander in the United States Navy

This Thanksgiving season, I am thankful for all the prayers that supported me during my recent surgery. I’m thankful to my God for answering those prayers. I’m thankful for those who introduced me to Christianity and instilled in me my belief and my faith. I’m thankful for my country in which I have always had the freedom to follow my conscience and express my faith. I’m thankful for my family, friends and community. May you ever prosper and persevere. Peace be with all of you during this coming holiday season.

— Gary Gipson of Lake Oswego

With much gratitude I am very appreciative of the wonderful clients and seniors I have been blessed to meet and serve. With the help of my outstanding team of caring consultants and their endless hours of dedication we are able to assist the families in resolving the issues related to transition into senior retirement and assisted-living housing moves.

— Nancy Raske of NW Senior Resources in Lake Oswego

I’m thankful for all the little moments throughout the year. The laughter, the sharing, the caring, the vigorous debates, the joy of being with family, the rich and deep history with old friends, the adventure of meeting new folks. That moment on an August day when I spot an eagle and the firs and cedars stand in magnificent contrast to the brilliant blue sky. It is all those little moments that smooth the edges, and for that I am thankful.

— Jackie Manz, co-vice chair of the Lake Oswego Budget Committee

I am thankful for my family, my job at the (Lake Oswego) library, my co-workers, the hundreds of reliable volunteers at the library, the Oregon Ducks football team, the Portland Trail Blazers and my second grandchild that’s on the way. I feel really lucky to be surrounded by so many people who care about the community that I live and work in. Happy Thanksgiving!

— Cyndie Glazer, coordinator of programs and volunteer services at the Lake Oswego Public Library

My wife, Lauren, and I were blessed with the birth of our daughter, Grace, on Oct. 1. I could not be luckier than to have a wonderful wife and two healthy children to come home to every day.

— Rep. Chris Garrett of Lake Oswego

Whether our menu this Thanksgiving will include a too-dry turkey (I’m a pro at this), a questionable stuffing recipe (someone is always trying to outdo Martha Stewart), or Grandma’s infamous cherry Jell-O salad, I do know that our table will be surrounded by laughter and affection. For me, while the food is always traditional and rarely varies, it’s the fun we share as a family that provides me with the most wonderful memories and gratitude.

— Julie McGuire is a Lake Oswego resident who writes the “From the Mudroom” column for the Lake Oswego Review

So much. An incredible, loving family. Fabulous, creative, civic-minded friends. An extraordinary community. Good health and boundless optimism. Opportunities taken; accomplishments realized. A rewarding past, an exciting future and realizing that to expect anything more would be greedy.

— Judie Hammerstad, former Lake Oswego mayor

Most of all this year I am grateful for the many friends who gave me their support and encouragement as I prepared for and successfully completed my first Cycle Oregon this September. It was an incredible experience morphing from long-time commuter cyclist to long-distance rider. The actual 500-mile ride was beautiful and an amazing adventure. I will be forever thankful for the anonymous couple who helped peel me off the pavement a couple weeks ago when I was hit by a car as I was cycling home (and I’m really, really thankful that I was able to walk away from the scene of the accident).

— Sean Minogue works at the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce

Having been through a couple of very challenging episodes, health episodes, like lymphoma and having to have a couple of stents put in my heart, I’m really not only thankful but grateful just to be here. There’s a great deal of joy in just still being in the game.

— Superintendent Bill Korach of the Lake Oswego School District

I am grateful for the extended family I am a part of, for the wonderful community we all live in and want to make better and for the friends who are a part of my life.

— Jeff Gudman is a Lake Oswego city councilor

We live in a beautiful city with great citizens who are very, very giving.

— Skip O’Neill is a Lake Oswego city councilor

This year I’ve been struck by the amazing support and encouragement given to me by friends, my family and the fine people of Lake Oswego. The job of being a city councilor can be challenging and the responsibility heavy, but I’ve been bolstered by the positive energy and enthusiasm of those who love this city and believe its best days lie ahead. For that, I’m very thankful. 

— Jon Gustafson is a Lake Oswego city councilor

One of my daughters and her family are visiting us for Thanksgiving. I am very thankful for the opportunity to spend time with her and with my grandchildren. I am thankful to live in this wonderful country where God has been so generous with the blessings he has showered on us.

— Kent Studebaker is mayor of Lake Oswego

I continue to be thankful for supportive family and friends, the strong community spirit of Lake Oswego and all the brave and selfless folks who respond first in times of tragedy and need, here at home and around the world.

— Donna Jordan is a Lake Oswego city councilor

I’m thankful for the people in my life and feel very blessed to have a wonderful family and many friends who fill my life with love and fun.

— Lauren Hughes is a Lake Oswego city councilor

Our family reminds each other that we were given 86,400 seconds today, and we consider how many of those seconds we used to express thankfulness.

— Karen Bowerman is a Lake Oswego city councilor

I’m thankful to have the opportunity to work on behalf of the children in our community and for the occasional date night at Kurata with my husband.

— Lake Oswego School Board member Sarah Howell

I am thankful for my wonderful family and friends, and I am especially thankful this year to have all four grandparents sharing the holidays with us. I am also thankful to live in a lovely town that values education, supports its citizens in need and is filled with volunteers working together to keep our community strong.

— Lake Oswego School Board member Patti Zebrowski

I’m very thankful being married to my wife for 30 years. I’m thankful for having two healthy boys. I’m thankful to everyone who has helped raise our boys in my community, and I’m thankful for living in a community that’s so caring and thoughtful.

— Lake Oswego School Board member Bob Barman

Besides my wonderful family and friends, I am thankful to live in a community that supports each other and cares about one another. We do live in a special place.

— Lake Oswego School Board member John Wendland

Thank you for the public opportunity to offer thanks for an amazing husband, a daughter ready to graduate prepared for the future, a neighborhood of caring people, a community of altruistic, insightful individuals, a church of faith, a state of beauty and a country of freedom. For all the people whom I have met throughout my lifetime, I have appreciation for their concerns, accomplishments and disappointments. I am thankful for them.

— Lake Oswego School Board member Liz Hartman

I’m thankful that I continue to be presented with opportunities that allow me to grow as an individual, a mother, a wife and a professional.

— Carissa Barrett is reference librarian, Lake Oswego Public Library

Here at the Lake Oswego Arts Council we are so very grateful to the many volunteers and donors who invest their time and treasure to make our community a place where art and culture thrives. I’m so very grateful to each one of them for their vision and commitment.

— Nancy Nye is executive director, Arts Council of Lake Oswego

I’m thankful for library users with a sense of humor.  =D

— Kiira K. Taylor is adult services librarian, Lake Oswego Public Library

I am thankful for my health, my wife and children and my faith.

— Bill Heggie is with the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department

America has some government health websites that don’t work well and some zoning changes that might bring a few more cars into the neighborhood, but this month, North Korea publicly executed scores of people for watching smuggled South Korean TV dramas. I always find it easy to be thankful that we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave ... every day.

— Chip Larouche is chief technology officer, city of Lake Oswego

We are thankful for our food and family and water.

— Haris Mirza, Forest Hills Elementary School first-grader

 

I am thankful for the food and houses and beds.

— Dashel Hinrichs, Forest Hills Elementary School first-grader

I am thankful for my parents, my house, my friends, the food on my table, my teachers and peers.

— AJ Giacomini, Forest Hills Elementary School third-grader

 

I am thankful for my house, planes, mom and dad, food, water, car, trees, boats, doctors, dogs, beds, umbrellas, shoes, clothing, plates.

— Ruby Thompson, Forest Hills Elementary School third-grader

 

I am thankful for my school, my family, my house, to live in such a wonderful neighborhood, for my teachers, for my life. I am thankful for all my friends, for my clothes.

— Julia Montgomery, Forest Hills Elementary School fifth-grader

 

The one thing I am most thankful for is the family and friends that support me in what I love and do including my teachers.

— Sierra Tinger, Forest Hills Elementary School fifth-grader

I am so thankful to see my students across three years, teaching sixth-, seventh- and eighth grade. It allows me to see growth in behavior, organization, thoughtfulness, speaking, listening and other learning skills. I adore seeing students come in smiling, happy, learning and growing increasingly over the years.

— Kendall Doebler, seventh-grade teacher at Lakeridge Junior High

 

I am thankful for my family because they are always there for me.

— Griffin Catlett, Lakeridge Junior High eighth-grader

 

I am thankful for the opportunity I had to spend 33 years with Lynne Fetters Maginnis and the three upstanding, thoughtful adults that relationship produced. I’m thankful that we lived in a country where we were able to indulge our initiative and our talents, whatever they were, in order to live a fruitful existence and to offer that future to our children. I am thankful to live in a town that is so interested in the welfare of its residents and so visually pleasing. Finally, I am thankful for my faith, which has always offered delight in good times and succor in difficult times.

— Tom Maginnis of Lake Oswego is an area businessman

I’m thankful for the good health of my grown sons and their families, and that Tony and I were smart enough to settle in Lake Oswego after he left the Air Force. A very lucky choice.

— Ellie McPeak is a former Lake Oswego city councilor

I am truly thankful for the amazing support in the Lake Oswego community. I have met so many generous business owners and community members in the last few months since I opened my card shop who have really gone out of their way to support me in one way or another. It has been a great blessing. 

— Nessa Sander is the owner of Card Girl Invitations in Lake Oswego

We are thankful for all the buddies in our community who come in the form of teachers, therapists, volunteers and medical professionals in our lives that provide direction and support for the children in our community with special abilities.

Families, like ours, every day are rewriting their own manual for their children as each one comes with so many different needs. Yes, all children have unique needs but children in our world arrive with so many communication, behavior and learning differences that without the professional help of others, and the buddy system, our lives would not be so enriched.

During this season of giving thanks, we give thanks to God for folks that walk a Buddy Walk every day. 

May God bless you, one and all.

— Renee Kerr and Paula Schiedler on behalf of DSNO families 

I am thankful first and foremost for my family (including my two awesome boys who keep me young and my dog, Boomer, who forces me to be out in the rain and smell the “roses” even when I don’t feel like going out). I’m thankful for my wonderful community of like-minded healthy and strong people including my moxie lady boot campers, one-on-one clients and great friends. 

— Alisa Mallinger is owner of AspireFitness NW in Lake Oswego

I am thankful that my 80-year-old mom has embraced modern technology! She is excited and able to keep up with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren far away through texting and Facebook. I am thankful for my family and friends, for a job that is deeply fulfilling and a church community that cares for one another in every way.

— Susie Coffman is Christian education director, Christ Church Episcopal Parish

Family, friends, good health ... the good life.

— Mark Randall is an artist from Lake Oswego

Our military and people willing to sacrifice for others.

— Phil Barr is a Lake Oswego Realtor

Family and loving friends who make life fun.

— Cynthia Barr is owner of Riverview Adult Care Home

I am thankful for my faith, my two sons, my church family, my loved ones who are no longer with us, my health, my friends, the many opportunities I’ve been given and look forward to all the blessings yet to come.

— Nancy Jones is a volunteer with the Lakewood Center Associates

I guess I am most thankful for all the wonderful volunteers who give their time and share their talents with us. They enrich our center and without them I know my job would be impossible and we would not be able to offer many of the programs available to our members.

— Berta S. Derman, human services supervisor for the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center

To have a great supporting and loving family and the opportunity to serve as the fire marshal of Lake Oswego.

— Gert Zoutendijk is Lake Oswego fire marshal

 

I am a blessed man — my family is in good health; my wife is incredible — after 30 years together we love our time together more than ever and she is my best friend and biggest supporter. And, I have the great fortune to work alongside the professionals here at Lake Oswego Police Department — they are the best of the best.

— Don Johnson is Lake Oswego police chief

 

Every Thanksgiving I’m thankful for the citizens we serve, for their trust, their respect and their support. I’m also profoundly thankful for my wife on Thanksgiving, that she supports me, loves me and makes it possible for me stay focused on the citizens I serve each and every day!

— Lt. Doug Treat, Lake Oswego Police Department

On this Thanksgiving, I want to extend very special thanks to (Lake Oswego Review reporter) Cliff Newell for being an extraordinary journalist, who has a courage, open-mindedness and compassion to bring out the issues that most of media do not reveal. I mean an unprecedented ruthless persecution of tens of millions of innocent Falun Gong practitioners in China by the communist regime. Your courage of disclosing the Chinese government’s sanctioned lucrative business of massive organ harvesting from living people is commendable. On behalf of countless victims, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

— Nataly Teplitsky of Lake Oswego

Besides my wife, Lisa, and two boys, the focal point of thanks this holiday season points to my mother, Esther Pierce Ryan, who will turn 90 years old in April. I have always believed, because Esther taught me to believe, that life is to be approached with boundless energy, enthusiasm and with the knowledge that it is indeed a privilege to live in this wonderful country. 

Thanks Mom.

— Chuck Shaw-Ryan is co-owner of Chuck’s Place in Lake Oswego

 

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for my clients who trust me to help with a very vulnerable part of their lives: their hearts. I feel so blessed to be able to guide them down the path to love. I am equally grateful for my family (especially Adam, Christian and Jemma) and friends who support me in supporting my clients. It is all a big circle of trust. I feel lucky to be a part of it.

— Brooke Carsner is matchmaker in Lake Oswego

I am thankful for all the people in my life that make it amazing.

I am thankful that I am a member of a community that gives so much time and energy to Oswego Heritage Council and a supportive community that helps make this feel like a small and warm hometown. This community is lucky to have a community newspaper, a Rotary Club and chamber that donate so much back to the community.

I am thankful for my family. Whenever we are together, we always have so much fun. I love each of them and wouldn’t trade them for the world. Ne Oublie is our family motto.

— Jude Graham is the executive director of the Oswego Heritage House

I am thankful for the health of my family and friends, the clean air and fresh water that we all depend on for our well-being and for colleagues, community members and activists who work tirelessly to ensure a sustainable future for everyone.

— Susan Millhauser is the sustainability coordinator for the city of Lake Oswego

Thanks for giving me this opportunity to count my blessings. I’m going to post this list on the wall as a constant reminder of what I have to be thankful for. Sometimes I forget. First and foremost, I’m extremely thankful for the love, support and direction that I’m receiving from Jesus Christ and our loving family.

Life would be very difficult without my loving wife, Barbara. I am truly blessed to have lived in Lake Oswego since 1969, following other members of our family going back to around 1865.

I’m extremely thankful to have many wonderful and loving friends. They bring a lot of light into my life.

I sincerely appreciate the opportunity I have to go to work every day. I work with some amazing people to help expand the reach of the Every Day Cross Ministry. I’m very fortunate to be working with some wonderful Doctors at OHSU and here in Lake Oswego.

I give thanks to have been, until recently, a director of Donate Life Northwest. They do amazing work. My life has been truly blessed.

— Doug Oliphant is a resident of Lake Oswego, former chairman of the Lake Oswego Adult Center Foundation and works with the Every Day Cross Ministry

 

The lessons I have learned in life. Nothing means more than time and family.

— Victoria Gardner is a Lake Oswego resident and co-owner of the Insurance Store

 

As founder of the Lake Oswego Preservation Society, I’m thankful for our board of directors, our advisory board and for all who have joined the society, including eight lifetime members! Together we are preserving and celebrating Lake Oswego’s history and making a difference in our community.

— Marylou Colver is the founder of the Lake Oswego Preservation Society

I am truly thankful and appreciative of all the beautiful spaces, places and experiences that are in the universe. More importantly, I am grateful for nice people and the kind and gentle human spirit. Oh, oh, one more thing: Go Ducks. That’s a good Thanksgiving wish.

— Jan Wirtz is the recreation supervisor for the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department

I am thankful for such a supportive family: I’ve often been preoccupied or busy working and they’ve been there encouraging me the whole way. I’m also extremely grateful for my staff at Kyra’s Bake Shop. They are a fun and hardworking bunch and I not only love working with them day after day, but also rely upon them to keep things running smoothly when I have to travel. I love that I can trust all will be in order when I return. I feel very blessed. 

— Kyra Bussanich is the owner of Kyra’s Bake Shop in Lake Oswego

 

I would like to thank the Almighty for redeeming me, my wife and family for bearing with me, my friends for their cheer and my critics for their challenge.

— Keith Dickerson is the pastor at Hope Community Church in Lake Oswego

I am thankful to live in a free country. I am thankful for the love of my family and friends. I am thankful for good health and a positive mental outlook. I am thankful to be able to give back to a great community and international service. I am thankful for fabulous chocolate and a successful business.

— Laura Adler works at the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce

This Thanksgiving marks the 10th anniversary since my father passed. I remain ever so grateful for his love, his support in everything I chose to do and to have witnessed in awe his intellectual prowess. Brought up in poverty, he overcame much on his way to success. And, he never ceased in his efforts for better self-understanding to make his life more at peace. His loss reminds me to treasure every day with my mother, wife, Lilly, children, Lisa Anne and Paul, and daughter-in-law, Christina.

— Larry Logan, Lake Oswego, is a business entrepreneur and former Playboy photographer

I am forever thankful for my amazing family, especially this year, and our resilience, great humor and ability to find the good in all situations. I’m thankful to live in beautiful Oregon with a husband I adore, new puppy I can’t get enough of and neighbors who pop by just to say hello. This year I have chosen quality over quantity and created some amazing memories. I am looking forward to 2014.

— Nicole DeCosta is marketing coordinator at Renaissance Homes in Lake Oswego and former editor of the West Linn Tidings




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