Members of the West Linn community share their gratitude

As the saying goes, sometimes it’s the little things in life that bring us the greatest joy. That especially rings true this time of year as we start thinking about what we are thankful for.

This year I’m thankful to hear the cacophony every night after dinner of my son playing saxophone and my daughter playing flute. I’m thankful for my great circle of friends who still meet monthly after getting to know each other 10 years ago through MOMS Club. I’m thankful for my goofy dog who follows me all over the house. I’m thankful for my genius husband who can fix my iPhone after every time I screw it up. And, finally, I’m thankful my mom and stepdad are flying out to spend Thanksgiving at my house this year.

Lori Hall

Tidings and Spokesman editor

Professionally, I feel humbled to be able to produce a newspaper for such a caring and involved community. Our readers make a difference because they take the time to be informed, to be inspired and to get involved in their hometown. It’s the reason our community is the special place it is. Thank you for believing in the West Linn Tidings and for supporting us so we can continue to work hard at making West Linn a stronger community.

Personally I am thankful for my family, friends and co-workers. All make a tremendous difference in making our lives fulfilling and meaningful. If I haven’t said it lately — thank you all again.

J. Brian Monihan

Tidings and Review publisher

I am thankful for how long my “I am thankful for” list really is. And I am thankful that that list has been in place, with various configurations, for almost all of my life.

John Kovash

Mayor of West Linn

I give thanks every day for the incredible teachers and support staff we are blessed to have in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. They make a difference in the lives of all children. I give thanks to parents and students who so earnestly support our schools and communities and come with open minds and hearts to learn and grow with us. Finally, I give thanks for the simple things, clean water, shelter from the rain, open communication and the beauty that surrounds us.

Kathe Monroe

WL-WV school district director of human resources

I am thankful to live and work in a wonderfully connected community, doing meaningful work that I enjoy; to have an office full of friendly people to work with; to have children who think it’s neat that I sometimes show up at one of their schools to interview their friend or teacher; and to have a husband who supports all my endeavors and takes me fishing.

Kate Hoots

Tidings and Spokesman education reporter

I am thankful for new friendships and two healthy and happy daughters!

Thomas Frank

West Linn city councilor

I am forever grateful for the many gifts and benefits I have received as a result of the good intentions of multiple members of our community. I am grateful to live and be part of the West Linn-Wilsonville communities and to be able to share growing up here with my children. W.T. Purkiser said it’s “not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, (that) is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” I try hard to show my gratitude by being an active member in our schools and community, yet I repeatedly get back far more than I give.  

Regan Molatore

West Linn-Wilsonville School Board member

I am thankful for my family and friends, good health and happiness.

Barb Randall

Review and Tidings reporter

I am thankful for the wonderful community that I live in. I am grateful for the health and happiness of my friends and family.

Jenni Tan

West Linn city councilor

I am grateful for the kind people of our West Linn-Wilsonville community. I see the quality of our community measured in the many ways we generously gather together to take care of all of our community’s children.  

Jane Stickney

West Linn-Wilsonville

deputy superintendent

I am most thankful for my family, my mom, brother, Aunt Meme, Aunt Anne, my cat Sixer, all the great people I interview for my stories and Thanksgiving dinner, my favorite meal of the year.

Cliff Newell

Review and Tidings reporter

I am so thankful for all of the people in our community that are working as positively as they can for the future of our children. Our children are our hope and dreams. They are amazingly strong, and if we can give them patience, love, the spiritual guidance and support they need, they will do everything in their power to make the world a better place. Thank you, God, for the blessing of our children and what they can do.

Mike Jones

West Linn city councilor

I am so very thankful for such a supportive and strong school community that has come together to envision a wonderful school year and beyond. We are all committed to building positive and healthy relationships together. 

Katherine Holtgraves

Three Rivers Charter School principal

While the traditional go-to favorites of family and friends continue to top my list of things to be thankful for, the broader picture of health, community, happiness and stability also hold plenty of merit. I recognize, also, that some things are slipping out of my control with that list headed by aging parents. Still, there is much to be grateful for. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Martin Forbes

Review and Tidings managing editor

I am thankful for the great coworkers I have who make me look forward to going to work, the engaged volunteers that help make West Linn a better place to live and a city council who are so generous and giving of their time.

Kathy Mollusky

West Linn city recorder

I am thankful for compassion and generosity in our school and community during the holiday season and throughout the year.

Saskia Dresler

Arts and Technology High School principal

I’m thankful for my friends and family and for having a job that I love.

Patrick Malee

Tidings reporter

I am thankful for the men and women in law enforcement that put their lives in jeopardy every day they put on a uniform and equally thankful to the citizens of our communities that support emergency services personnel.

Terry Timeus

West Linn police chief

I am ever thankful for the love and support of family and friends, for the gift of miracle-working colleagues and for the opportunity to live in this vibrant community doing work that I love.

Bill Rhoades

West Linn-Wilsonville superintendent

I’m thankful for black coffee, football games that wrap up in under three hours and my mother since she is now a subscriber and potentially reading this.

Matt Sherman

Tidings and Review sports editor

I am thankful to live in a progressive society where people continue to open their hearts and bring about change for the suffering of humans, animals and the environment.

Michelle Bombet Minch

West Linn

I am grateful for the wonderful, ongoing support of education given by teachers and staff, students, families and the community. Recently, the support from the West Linn and Wilsonville communities, PTAs/PTOs and OnPoint made it possible for the Clackamas Clothes Closet to continue clothing students in need. Way to go!

Betty Reynolds

West Linn-Wilsonville School Board member

I am thankful to be able to serve such a grateful community in my capacity as their chief financial officer.

Richard Seals

West Linn chief financial officer

I have been blessed with a wonderful granddaughter who has given me such joy watching her blossom from baby to toddler this year. I am grateful for the health of my entire family and how God has helped resolve some very difficult things that happened since last Thanksgiving. I am grateful for my faith in God, who gives me strength every day.

Patty Darney

Tidings and Review display advertising

Heading into my second year at Pamplin Media, I’m thankful to have the opportunity to work alongside and remotely with quality individuals who give me reason to smile throughout each and every workday.

Lance Ogden

Pamplin Central Design Desk

I am thankful and incredibly honored that I get to work and learn with the children and families at Bolton Primary School and within the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. Thank you to families for sharing your wonderful children with us.

Holly Omlin-Ruback

Bolton Primary School principal

In the past I have always tried to come up with something kind of “sensational” or “important” to be thankful about. Lately, however, and maybe because I am getting older, I really feel it is the small everyday things that count more than anything else. This year I simply feel the most thankful for these things that we all take so much for granted like a nice family, health, a warm house, plenty of food. If people would learn to be more thankful for all these everyday kind of things, we would overall be much happier people and realize how good we have it.

Barbara Briscoe

West Linn

I am grateful for my faith, my family and all the wonderful people that touch my life, through my position with the city of West Linn.

Nancy Evett

West Linn finance accounting clerk

I am thankful for the incredible students we have at Cedaroak, for how well they treat each other and how hard they work. I appreciate our amazing parents, how involved they are in their children’s education and the countless volunteer hours they give. I am grateful for our dedicated teachers and staff who deliver exceptional learning experiences for each child. I also appreciate being able to work, live and raise my own children here in West Linn and Wilsonville, communities where educating our children is such a high priority.

Peter McDougal

Cedaroak Park Primary School principal

There’s so much I’m thankful for! The smell of the air when it’s drizzling outside, watching the level of the river change with the seasons, a bowl of hot homemade soup and the health of my children and partner, Harold. And friends.

Sara Swink

West Linn artist

I am thankful for a loving and supportive family and a wonderful place to live. 

Jody Carson

West Linn city councilor

I am thankful for every student at Stafford. I learn so much from them. Their smiles, their hugs, their belief in life is exhilarating. I thank my students for their value of friendship, empathy and hard work. My students are the reason I come to work every day excited. They model to me every day growth mindset, loyalty and courage. I am also thankful for my leadership team and teacher colleagues who make Stafford an amazing school. There is no end to their effort to learn more, make every child feel successful and significant. Our parents and community are also like none other — supportive, caring and they help us achieve all of our goals.

Jen Freeborn

Stafford Primary School principal

I am thankful for the happiness and health of my family and friends as we are blessed to be a part of each other’s lives. I am thankful for the terrific staff at West Linn Public Works who are dedicated to performing their best every day. To them I say, thank you. Finally, my deepest sympathy goes out to those feeling the loss of a loved one this holiday season including those who knew Scott Poyser in public works. He and all those who passed on this year will be missed.

Lance Calvert

West Linn public works director

More than ever I’m grateful for my friends and family.

Kara Hansen

Review news editor, Tidings assistant editor

I am thankful for my mother, my family, the many people who have helped me transition into being a full-time lawyer, and of course the ones who have referred their friends and family to me! I really enjoy my work and being able to help people get their legal house in order. Looking outside of my daily life, I am humbled by and thankful for the many wonderful people who every day work with and for nonprofit groups to help those in crisis. They give me hope for our collective future. 

Alice Seeger

West Linn

I have much to be thankful for each and every day. I appreciate my wonderful family, the support of my friends, all who educate our children, the families of Trillium Creek Primary and the community of West Linn. It’s been a wonderful place to teach and to raise my family! As we settle down to give thanks, I’ll share one of my favorite quotes on gratitude: “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude” (A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”).

Charlotte Morris

Trillium Creek Primary principal

I am thankful to have been able to be a practicing artist all my life, living on the farm of my dreams, with sweet family and animals.

Ann Munson


For my unique and loving children and new beginnings in life.

Lisa Mitchell

Stagecoach Theatre Arts School owner

I am so thankful for children and teachers! I love the thoughtfulness and perspective of children, such as a 5-year-old reflecting with great passion, “I try my very hardest to be good all the time but sometimes listening is too hard for me!” Or the 12-year-old: “It feels really good to be back here. When I walk in the door I can literally feel all the memories flooding over me.” And for the thoughtfulness and support of teachers, who work so hard and care so much about success and happiness for each child. I am also so very appreciative of the relationships, vision, inspiration and support I receive from so many people in our school district. 

Lisa Hawking

Sunset Primary School principal

Apart from my amazing children and husband, I am so thankful for the time I had with my mum who was the best role model and mother I could have dreamed of. She was way ahead of her time with health and nutrition, and I love that I have inherited her love of cooking!

Miffy Jones

Miffy’s Foods LLC, West Linn

I’m thankful for smart and fun co-workers, energized and creative citizen volunteers and a city council that values how special of a place West Linn is for families.

Kirsten Wyatt

Assistant city manager

While politics across the nation has melted down, I’m thankful that legislators in Oregon from both parties are willing to work together to solve the problems of our state. I’m also grateful for my husband and three boys, who continue to be so supportive of all my endeavors to serve the community.

Julie Parrish

State representative for West Linn

I am thankful for the opportunity to work with dedicated and fun co-workers while we provide parks and recreation facilities, programs and events for the West Linn community. Thank you, West Linn, for your support.

Ken Warner

West Linn recreation director

I am thankful for a job in a career I enjoy. I am thankful for my little baby boy. I am thankful for my family’s health. I am thankful for the place I live: a dream come true.

Elissa Preston

West Linn human resources manager

I feel such appreciation for the community support and use of the library. The love of services the library provides is valuable to me and to the staff. I’m grateful this community really loves the library. I feel really honored to be a part of that.

Holly Mercer

West Linn public library director

I’m thankful every day for my family, but this Thanksgiving I’m especially thankful for my new daughter who almost magically came into our lives this year.

Vern Uyetake

Review and Tidings photographer

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