OSWEGO COUNTY – There is a lot to be thankful for this year. Several people have told Oswego County Today that they are thankful for snowblowers and plows that helped them cope with the recent visit from Old Man Winter.
Others, like Adele DeSalvio, are giving thanks for their “family, friends and good health.”
Larry Rapshaw said he’s thankful for his trailer, cats and brain – “particularly because when I got hit in the head, there were no complications!”
“I’m thankful for the time I spend playing music for residents at the extended care facilities in the area. And, thankful for being alive; thankful that I have books and music to write,” he added. “I am thankful for art and artists. I am thankful for a community that cares about its citizens.”
“I’m thankful for a new grandchild who will arrive March 3,” Tracy DeCann said.
“I’m thankful for all my friends,” Joey Falcetti said.
Kristine Yablonski said, “I am thankful for my health, the family that is still here with us , friends, my job so I can pay my bills and have a roof over my head. And, thankful for the ones who have left us and hopeful that in spirit they are with us, watching over us.”
“As for me, we caught my wife’s cancer early in December 2015; surgery was minor and she has fought off arthritis caused by the immune system overreacting. Most grateful for that,” Sheppard D. Narkier told Oswego County Today. “I am still grateful that I can earn a decent living with my intellect and not have to be a manager. And, I am the longest-lived male in my father’s line in four generations. I achieved that dubious honor at age 56 ½.”
“I have a beautiful wife and two great dogs. God has allowed me to have had three great careers. As an accountant, banker and a subject matter expert in physical security. With my present career I have taught in 49 states, Europe and across the Caribbean, training more than 47,000 people. We have friends in all those locations that have made our lives very rich,” Barry Thompson said.
“I’m thankful for my nice apartment!” Betty M. Gray said. “Thank God and all my great friends.”
“This holiday season, I am very thankful for all the wonderful people in my life. This past year has been difficult after losing my mom just before last Christmas. But, because of my husband and our boys, my brother and sisters and the friends who love me even on the bad days, I feel very blessed going into this holiday season,” Carolyn LaRoche said.
“I am thankful for my family, my friends and all of the support I received in the recent election,” Assemblyman Will Barclay :said. “I am also thankful for my country and all of the freedoms we have here in the USA. Happy Thanksgiving!”
In Fulton, Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. said, “I’m thankful that we live in an area that although our worst weather problems are snow which is unique to this area, but when you look at what’s going on in California now and other areas with floods and tornadoes, we’re very lucky. We need to count our blessings. On the negative side of the snow, there’s a positive side because it makes it a beautiful Christmas, the kids will enjoy it. I am thankful for the wonderful bunch of people in Fulton.”
Fulton Sixth Ward Councilor Larry Macner said, “I am thankful for the gradual upturn of Fulton to where it once used to be years ago. It’s going to be a long road and we won’t see the same industry that we used to have, but even though the same Governor was reelected, let’s hope that through grants we can build back up again, be recognized, and be noticed.”
Fulton Fifth Ward Councilor Dennis Merlino said, “I am thankful for the resident and the volunteers that are working so hard and have worked so hard for the last decade to make Fulton better. I hope they’re able to see the improvements and the results of their hard work.”
Fulton Fourth Ward Councilor Sam Vono said, “I am thankful to be alive. I suffered a heart attack in 2016 so I’m on the right side of the dirt. And of course my family as well.”
Fulton Third Ward Councilor and Common Council President Donald Patrick Jr. said, “I am thankful for family, friends, and the residents of Fulton.”
And Fulton resident Joe McDermott said, “I am thankful for everything, especially my family.”
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