Thanksgiving is upon us, a time to gather with family and friends to enjoy being together.
It’s also the time when we look back and reflect on the blessings we have received in the past.
Several things come to mind.
We are thankful that several Archbold and Pettisville sports teams and school groups have had such great years.
We grieve over the murder of a young mother in Delta on March 14; we are thankful her kidnapped baby was recovered safely.
While the March 31 crash between a semi and a tanker truck at the Henry County intersection of St. Rt. 34 and Co. Rd. 24 was horrendous, we are thankful no one was killed and for those who, without thinking of their personal safety, ran to the rescue.
We are thankful a child struck by a car on North Defiance Street the night of July 23 did not suffer major injuries.
We give thanks for Archbold residents in far-flung places who escaped injury in this year’s terrible storms: Harvey in Texas, Irma in Florida, and Maria in Puerto Rico.
We are thankful those connected to our community survived a gunman’s attack in Las Vegas; we grieve for those lost.
We are thankful Jeremy Simon, a Fulton County sheriff deputy, recovered so quickly from two gunshot wounds he suffered.
We are thankful that the thunderstorms that rolled through on Sunday, Nov. 5, didn’t do more damage than what was done. The ConAgra plant was hard hit, but the rest of the village was generally spared.
We are thankful to this community, who, after close to two years of controversy, turned out in large numbers to support the Archbold- German Township Fire Department at its annual feather party. A good time was had by all, and the event grossed more than $15,000.
Remember to count your blessings as you sit down to a Thanksgiving meal with friends and family.