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This year a few people from the area have agreed to share what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Leah and A.J Grigsby, both age 4, just made construction paper turkeys at the Sandy Valley Library story hour. Leah is thankful for her grandma, Sue Grigsby, and her daddy, Don Sharpless. A.J. is thankful for his sister, Leah.
Tina McCallum is the children's programmer at the Sandy Valley branch of the Stark County District Libraries. "I am thankful to the citizens of Stark County for passing the library levy on Nov. 6, and I am always thankful for my family and friends."
Amy Nicholson is a librarian at the East Canton Branch of the Stark County Libraries. "I am thankful for issue 42 passing, since I am a library employee and for my awesome kids, Sara Beth and Chad Ryan and my wonderful family and friends."
Janey Davis, the children's librarian at the East Canton Library, said, "I am thankful for my family, four kids, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They are pretty awesome. And of course, the fact that the levy passed. The East Canton Community is very supportive of our library. Also, we are all so blessed to have not experienced the weather tragedies of other parts of the country."
Lauren Barrick, 18, and Whitney Barrick, 16, from Sandy Valley, commented. Lauren said, "I'm thankful for my mom and dad, Missy and Doug; my sister Whitney; my friends at school and Sarah Leyda. Whitney said, "I am thankful for my friends and family, because I know they are always there when I need them."
Chad Nicholson, senior at East Canton with his mom, Amy, said, "I'm thankful for my family and how great my life is and the people that are in my life, and I'm thankful that my grandma is still around."
Peyton McKenzie, 4-year-old daughter of Canton South Girls basketball coach Jamie McKenzie. "I'm thankful for her doggy!" exclaimed Peyton.
Jamie McKenzie said, "I am thankful for Jesus Christ in my life, my family, the opportuity to coach basketball at Canton South and my job."
Lisa Stoffer, from Magnolia, said, "I'm so very thankful for the love and support of friends and family, the health and well being of my boys, and my wonderful neighbors, Jay and Carol, who have been so good to me!"
Brianna Payne, a senior at East Canton High School, said, "I'm most thankful for my friends and family, because they are always there to support me and help me overcome any obstacle I may be faced with."
Felisha Markoski, a senior at East Canton High School, said, "I'm thankful to lead a healthy life so I'm able to do the things I love and spend time with the people I love. I'm also thankful to have those people in my life that are there for me through everything. Overall I'm just thankful to be blessed with the life God gave me."