Thursday, May 23, 2013
Covering Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Falls City and surrounding areas since 1868
November 20, 2012
Before we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday when we gather together to think about all that is good in our world, I'd like to take a few moments to express my appreciation for those who won't be relaxing with family and friends on Thursday.
These are the people who will be working hard to make sure everything goes as well as possible for the rest of us.
As we drive over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house, our local, county and state police officers will be on the job to do what they can to make sure we arrive at our destinations safely. Those men and women are in uniform 24 hours of every day to help keep our neighborhoods, our communities and our roads and highways safe and secure.
Did your family decide to give grandmother the day off and is the dinner destination a favorite restaurant? As you select from a bountiful Thanksgiving buffet or choose items from the menu, many restaurant and hotel employees are working hard behind the scenes to make sure that turkey and dressing and all those beautiful pumpkin and apple pies are delicious and memorable. Be sure to let your servers and other restaurant employees know how much you appreciate their efforts as you enjoy the fruits of their labors.
Our hospitals and emergency care centers are fully staffed and ready to serve you if they are needed. Nurses, doctors and their medical teams, as well as the operations and custodial employees, are on the job ready to tend to our needs. We hope we won't need their services, but they are definitely there to help if needed.
As we open the oven to check on the progress of Thanksgiving dinner and check the refrigerator for butter, let's take time to remember those hardworking folks from our power companies who make sure our homes are filled with light and warmth despite the sneaky tricks that Mother Nature may be up to on wintry days and nights. The people at Northwest Natural are there to help you turn up the temperature on the furnace as the weather gets chillier. What about the folks who make sure the water flows at the turn of the faucet? Their jobs go on no matter what the calendar may say, and we are truly grateful for all they do.
Our dedicated professional firefighters and volunteers are always ready for any challenge every day. On a moment's notice, you'll receive the benefit of their medical or fire suppression skills and kind and thoughtful service.
The Independence Elks and some local churches are hosting Thanksgiving dinners at no cost, and everyone is welcome to share in the food and fellowship.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.