In many area homes - yours, perhaps? - before family and friends dig into the Thanksgiving feast, tradition requires that we share what we are most grateful for.
For some, especially our new neighbors who are escaping the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria on the island of Puerto Rico, that will be no easy task. Some lost everything and are starting over in a place that, while welcoming, is not the same as being at home.
We are thankful, then, that so many wonderful people and organizations are working to share the bounty and the sentiment of this holiday with the newcomers, as well as with their neighbors in need. We’ve seen collections and distributions of turkey and all the ‘fixins’ over the last week, as good-hearted souls strive to ensure that no one, whether a longtime resident or a newcomer, goes hungry on this special day.
We are also thankful for the voters who turned out on election day, taking time from their busy lives to ensure that local governments reflect the wishes of the people they serve.
In many towns, change was the order of the day, suggesting that - yes - people are listening and caring about their communities.
And, of course, we are grateful to our readers who support this newspaper. Our reporters work hard every day to bring you the latest news, with an emphasis on what’s going on in your town, your schools, your neighborhood. And we are truly thankful that it means as much to you as it does to us.
With gratitude in mind, then, we wish to all of you and your family a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving.