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November 20, 2013

Good family, good health on gratitude list

Residents share what they are thankful for

PLATTSBURGH — What are you thankful for?

North Country residents have many different answers to that question.

“For me, it’s been a trying year, both personally and financially,” said T.J. Campbell of Plattsburgh, who works at the Koffee Kat on Margaret Street in Plattsburgh.

“I’m thankful for having a real good support system of family and friends, who are able to help me through a pretty tough time.

“It’s simple. That, for me, is the main thing.”

Elizabeth Cohen, a writer and an assistant professor at SUNY Plattsburgh, spoke of her daughter. 

“I’m very thankful for my daughter, Ava, who is so very talented and who fills my life with joy.” 

Cohen added with a smile: “It sounds corny, but it’s true!”

Heather LaVigne of Malone was also thinking of family as November progressed and Thanksgiving Day drew closer. 

“I’m thankful for their health,” she said, “and their love.”


Josh Fountain of Dannemora, at work putting some stakes in at the Champlain Centre mall parking lot in preparation for snow control, said he was thankful for “our freedom.”

“We get to do quite a few things that, in other countries, they’re not allowed to do,” he said. 

“We can go fishing, we can go hunting, we can work where we want and we get a lot of good places to eat. A lot of people take that for granted.”

Darcy Pray and his daughter, Joanna, at work at Pray’s Farmer’s Market in Plattsburgh, took some time to think about gratitude.

“I’m thankful for a lot of things,” Joanna said. “I’m thankful for my friends who are soldiers and are keeping our country safe and free. 

“I’m thankful for my family and for my family’s health.” 

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