So many reasons to give thanks this year

By David Keyes Laurel Outlook publisher

Thanksgiving.
If a person thinks about it and puts life into perspective, there is a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Let’s start with the basics. I am healthy enough to write this editorial and you are healthy enough to read it. Here’s to our health!
It has been a special year for me as my wife and daughter finally joined me from Idaho. I had been attempting to be a bachelor for about a year while Olivia finished her sophomore year in Sandpoint and Marlisa continued to work and pack.
Life is a lot more full when your family is nearby. This move also helped me spend more time with my mom, who lives in Forsyth, as well as a few cousins and nephews scattered in and around eastern Montana.
The only family member who isn’t here is Austin, who is finishing his final year in Mount Vernon, Wash., but is making noise that he might finish off his degree at the University of Montana.
It has been quite a year settling into Laurel.
One of the best parts has been spending time with Lee Richardson. Dr. Richardson led me to Rotary, which indirectly led me to the best neighbors in the world, Bob and Sandy Western.
These are three of the most genuinely nice people I have ever met and I am thankful for the time we have spent together.
I am also thankful to work with a great crew at the Laurel Outlook. Crystal, Linda, Mary Lou, Kathleen, Stacey, Melany, Evan and Garrett all work hard to produce a product that consistently gives you local information you need and want.
Chrissy and Michelle are also part of the Outlook team and I am grateful they make sure papers are delivered throughout the year.
We have had a great year at the Outlook and we are thankful people enjoyed the Years Book we produced in conjunction with the LHS All Class reunion. We also joined with the Laurel Rotary to print a Laurel 2017 calendar.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the editorial, there is so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. If you haven’t thought about it in awhile, why not take a minute or two to thank those around you who make a difference in your life? My guess is you make a difference in theirs as well.
Thank you for your continued support of the Laurel Outlook. I know I represent the entire office when I share that we enjoy covering this unique community and being a part of it.
To you and yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

All the best!
David

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