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What are you thankful for?

Members of the Wilsonville community share their gratitude


As the saying goes, sometimes it’s the little things in life that bring us the greatest joy. That especially rings true this time of year as we start thinking about what we are thankful for.

This year I’m thankful to hear the cacophony every night after dinner of my son playing saxophone and my daughter playing flute. I’m thankful for my great circle of friends who still meet monthly after getting to know each other 10 years ago through MOMS Club. I’m thankful for my goofy dog who follows me all over the house. I’m thankful for my genius husband who can fix my iPhone after every time I screw it up. And, finally, I’m thankful my mom and stepdad are flying out to spend Thanksgiving at my house this year.

I wish all the folks in Wilsonville a happy Thanksgiving and hope you are fulfilled in more ways than just with turkey.

Lori Hall

Spokesman editor

Being new to the Wilsonville community, I feel humbled by the outpouring of support that the community has shown to the new staff of the Spokesman. It is our privilege to be able to produce a newspaper for such a caring and involved community.  Our readers make a difference because they take the time to be informed, to be inspired and to get involved in their hometown. It’s the reason Wilsonville is the special place that it is.

Thank you for believing in the Spokesman and thank you for supporting us so we can continue to work hard at making Wilsonville a stronger community.

Personally, I am thankful for my family, friends and co-workers. All make a tremendous difference in making our lives fulfilling and meaningful. If I haven’t said it lately — thank you all again.

J. Brian Monihan

Spokesman publisher

I have so much to be thankful for and I am ever thankful for the love and support of family and friends, for the gift of miracle-working colleagues and for the opportunity to live in this vibrant community doing work that I love.

Bill Rhoades

West Linn-Wilsonville superintendent

I am thrilled to send the “top 10” things I am grateful for this Thanksgiving.

1. Boeckman Creek Primary School’s breathtaking setting, surrounded by trees.

2. Teachers who love their work and aspire to grow, collaborate and learn together.

3. The sounds of children laughing and learning that resonate within the halls and walls of our school.

4. Volunteers who give countless hours of their time.

5. The brilliant thinking children share with me each day.

6. Teachers who go the extra mile to plan interesting and inspiring lessons, whether procuring salmon eggs to bring a science lesson to life or sampling mooncakes to highlight another culture, the teachers at Boeckman Creek go the extra mile!

7. Custodians who keep our building clean and beautiful.

8. Office staff who greet our children and their families with warmth and generosity each day.

9. The many cultures and languages that comprise the Boeckman Creek Community; we have 22 different languages spoken in our school.

10. The people that comprise the Boeckman Creek community — children, families, teachers, community members, volunteers, classified staff. These people bless me each and every day!

Lindy Sproul

Boeckman Creek Primary School principal

I will forever be thankful for the shared love of my family. Great friends and good health also top the list. Happy Holidays to all.

Susie Stevens

Wilsonville city councilor

I am grateful for the kind people of our West Linn-Wilsonville community. I see the quality of our community measured in the many ways we generously gather together to take care of all of our community’s children.  

Jane Stickney

West Linn-Wilsonville deputy superintendent

I am thankful for our freedoms, for the wisdom and good will of others, for a loving family, for my education, for my health and for my job. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to cover high school sports for a living. I am also thankful for James Naismith, who invented the sport of basketball.

Jeff Goodman

Spokesman sports editor

I am very thankful that last Aug. 22, 2013, I received a new working kidney!!!

Molly Madigan

Wilsonville public library

I am very thankful for the extra time I have been able to spend with my kids. They are growing up so fast and I try not take even the smallest moment for granted.

Angela Handran

Wilsonville executive assistant

I am thankful for two beautiful children, the fact that we live in one of the most beautiful regions on the planet and that 2013 has turned out to be a much more positive year than any of the five years before it.

Josh Kulla

Spokesman assistant editor

I give thanks every day for the incredible teachers and support staff we are blessed to have in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. They make a difference in the lives of all children, every day. I give thanks to parents and students who so earnestly support our schools and communities and come with open minds and hearts to learn and grow with us. And finally, I give thanks for the simple things, clean water, shelter from the rain, open communication and the beauty that surrounds us.

Kathe Monroe

WL-WV director of human resources

I’m thankful for so much, but lately I’m especially grateful for the ability to take a deep breath, pull up my bootstraps and put things back in perspective to be thankful again.

Jen Massa Smith

Wilsonville transit program manager

I am thankful to live and work in a wonderfully connected community, doing meaningful work that I enjoy; to have an office full of friendly people to work with; to have children who think it’s neat that I sometimes show up at one of their schools to interview their friend or teacher; and to have a husband who supports all my endeavors and takes me fishing.

Kate Hoots

Spokesman education reporter

I’m so thankful I wasn’t hurt at the 2013 Boston Marathon and all the love and support I received when it all happened. Very thankful to be going back and running the 2014 Boston Marathon!!

Candi Garrett

Wilsonville engineering administrative assistant

I am thankful for each of the wonderful children who we have the privilege of knowing at Wood Middle School. I’m grateful for their supportive families and for each of the talented and committed teachers who are part of our school.

Barb Soisson

Inza R. Wood Middle School principal

I have been blessed with a wonderful granddaughter who has given me such joy watching her blossom from baby to toddler this year. I am grateful for the health of my entire family and how God has helped resolved some very difficult things that happened since last Thanksgiving. I am grateful for my faith in God, who gives me strength every day.

Patty Darney

Spokesman display advertising

The good people of Wilsonville, young and old, a good place to work and spellcheck. Oh yes, Alphonso Boone and Charles Wilson, too.

John Smith

Wilsonville Library staff member

I’m thankful for a community in the school and in the town that supports all athletes and teams. They make it a lot more enjoyable to go out and compete for your school and town. The school is also really supportive and brings emotion and spirit to all competitions. The coaching staff at Wilsonville is also probably one of the strongest staffs in the state as a collective whole and that is something the whole town can be thankful for!

Fletcher Like

WHS Class of 2013, track and field, pole-vault district champion

I am thankful first and foremost for my health. Being able to function in life and enjoy little things like spending time with my 5-year-old grandson, raking leaves in the fall and visiting friends and neighbors. Does not get any better than that!

Sue Farnsworth

City of Wilsonville

I am thankful for my family.

David Barkely

WHS track/cross-country coach

As a principal in Wilsonville, it is easy to find multiple reasons to give thanks! I am thankful for authentic parent involvement, for the circle of support provided by local organizations and community members at large and for the families that fill our school with vibrance and diversity. I am thankful for the laughter, joy, curiosity and love that children bring to our school. And, I am thankful for the expertise, compassion and commitment our teachers and staff share with children every day.  We are so fortunate to serve a community like Wilsonville.

Jennifer Patterson

Boones Ferry Primary School principal

First and foremost, I am thankful for my family, my friends and for good health. I am also thankful that I get to lead a hardworking, professional, customer-driven staff.

Bryan Cosgrove

Wilsonville city manager

We are so blessed at Wilsonville High School to be surrounded by tremendous community support and encouragement. Our students and their parents are incredibly generous with their time, energy, passion and love for our high school. I am also very thankful for the thoughtful group of dedicated team members at Wilsonville High School. Thank you for your support and we look forward to a great rest of the school year. Go ‘Cats!

Aaron Downs

Wilsonville High School principal

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude, which is our family, friends and co-workers.

Brad Moore

Wilsonville parks and recreation fitness specialist

I am thankful to work and coach at the best high school in the state of Oregon with some of the most amazing and incredible people. I am so grateful for my family, my wife, Becky, my three children and my four grandchildren. I am so blessed!

Mike Nichols

WHS girls golf coach, freshman football coach

I am grateful that I can freely give thanks to the same God the pilgrims did. I am also thankful for my family, friends and the opportunity to serve the citizens of Wilsonville.

Scott Starr

Wilsonville city councilor

I am thankful for my wonderful mom, family and friends who are a huge source of support, especially this past August with my dad’s recent passing.

Cindy Anderson

WHS girls basketball coach

I am thankful for the freedom we enjoy in this country buoyed on the backs of those who have sacrificed much. May God continue to bless America.

Dee M. Staten

City of Wilsonville engineering associate

I am thankful for the opportunity to surround myself with such wonderful young people (students and athletes) and a community that truly cares for their well-being. I am thankful for my wonderful family, for their support and love that allows me the time needed to follow my passion, which is coaching. I am thankful for all my players (past and present) that I have witnessed grow from boys to men and I am thankful for the lessons that they will take with them long after their playing days are over.

Adam Guenther

WHS football coach

There is always something to be thankful for. Nightly my kids, my wife and I all gather around for a prayer before bed and the first thing we say is “Lord, thank you,” then we proceed to voice our thanks. Thankfulness helps us keep everything in perspective.

This year, I am thankful to see people and places around the city of Wilsonville that want to help those in need. Places like Grace Chapel, Athey Creek Christian Fellowship and city of Wilsonville employees who go out of their way to give money, food, clothing and toys so that others can feel loved and valued. Thankfulness changes everything.

Michael Carr

Senior engineering technician

When Lowrie gathers for morning meeting and we raise our voice in song or children share, I am reminded of the power of community. I look around the room at the faces in the room — children, parents and staff members — and am filled with thanks and gratitude. I feel so honored and humbled to be a part of the Lowrie community. It is a remarkable place to be each day. I am truly thankful.

Patrick Meigs

Lowrie Primary School principal

My life would not be the same without the people who have shaped and molded my character. Many of those individuals came from our community and our schools. I am forever grateful for the many gifts and benefits I have received as a result of the good intentions of multiple members of our community. I am grateful to live and be part of the West Linn-Wilsonville communities and to be able to share growing up here with my children. W.T. Purkiser said it’s “not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, (that) is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” I try hard to show my gratitude by being an active member in our schools and community, yet I repeatedly get back far more than I give.  

Regan Molatore

WL-WV school board member

I am so very thankful for such a supportive and strong school community that has come together to envision a wonderful school year and beyond. We are all committed to building positive and healthy relationships together. 

Katherine Holtgraves

Three Rivers Charter School principal

I’m thankful for having such a loving family, a great group of friends and for all the valuable lessons that shaped me into the man I am today. I am also very thankful for all the coaches in this community that have played a huge roll in my life: Ned Walls, Jim Beltz, Brent Highberger, Dave Stippich and Danny Urrego. I couldn’t thank these coaches enough for everything they have done for me.

Jeffrey Lulay

WHS Class of 2012, football, all-state honoree

I am thankful for compassion and generosity in our school and community during the holiday season and throughout the year.

Saskia Dresler

Arts and Technology High School principal

I am grateful for the wonderful, ongoing support of education given by teachers and staff, students, families and the community. Recently, the support from the West Linn and Wilsonville communities, PTAs/PTOs and OnPoint made it possible for the Clackamas Clothes Closet to continue clothing students in need. Way to go!

Betty Reynolds

WL-WV school board member

This being the time of year when we reflect upon what makes our lives joyful, I give great thanks for my three beautiful, vibrant and independent daughters and my three sons-in-law that make them so happy. All six are wonderful adults ready to stand up and be counted for all the many varied things that they are truly convicted about. I also give thanks for all the fine students, parents and children I have the pleasure of working with in both communities that I serve as swim coach for. They make my life and work a joy!

Deb Mandeville

WHS swimming coach

I am thankful that my old friend, Sharon DeBusk — who took my place as editor of the Lake Oswego Review when I left in 1985 — still sends me words of wisdom written by her former husband, Tony Kneidek (also a newspaper man, among many other things). Tony died from a brain tumor 14 years ago, but this past week Sharon sent out one of his poems to mark the season. It’s titled “Bounty,” and this is just one of its four verses:

It is fitting to remember those who are not here,

to work for those who have not,

to care for those without,

and to remember that our abundancecan be repaid in acts of compassion,

deeds of kindness, and willful understanding of others.

It’s also about this time every year that I’m reminded to be thankful I’m still here, with my lovely bride, in spite of all the mischief life throws at us. I would hope we’re doing more than just surviving because every day should be appreciated and lived to its fullest.

Mikel Kelly

Central Design Desk chief




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