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The Lake Oswego community shares its many reasons to be grateful this Thanksgiving.

COURTESY PHOTO: DREAMSTIME  - An annual tradition carries on as readers share what theyre thankful for this year.Every year around this time, the Lake Oswego Review offers readers (as well as our own staff) a chance to look inward and consider all that is good in a world that seems to become foggier and more uncertain by the day. As we head into the holiday, we are honored to share these reflections once again. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

— The Review

I am grateful for the recent federal and state legislation and state executive order addressing the climate crisis. There were times when I wasn't sure that was going to happen. I continue to be grateful to live in a community that has shown strong support for this and other sustainability issues.

Lastly I am also grateful for the new skills I have learned to support Jan during the months of therapy she has undergone since she broke her arm last December. It has made a great marriage even better.

Duke Castle

Lake Oswego Sustainability Network

We are grateful for the insight, hard work and dedication that our "fore-parents" had to start the now "Six Generations-One Legacy" of the JP and Susie Cook Family Farm. Started our 122nd year of stewardship in the Hazelia area on June 12th and are looking forward to helping maintain the wonderful heritage of the area and honor our family traditions we so cherish and gladly share for years to come.

Happy Holidays,

JP and Susie Cook Family

Stafford Road

This year, I'm thankful for connection, community and family. Establishing new routines in our personal lives and in business in the wake of a global pandemic has been trying for so many of us, but the opportunity to begin connecting safely with friends, family and community members is a breath of fresh air. Personally, I'm also thankful for the expansion of my bespoke fashion business, The House of Rose, our new location in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and the team members and customers that make every day brighter and more enriching.

Tony Iyke

The House of Rose

2022 has been a whirlwind of a year! As life resumes normalcy time seems to have flown by faster than ever! But post pandemic, like many others, I see things through a new lens. More than ever, I take time to notice all the good around me. I'm so grateful my family is healthy and we have food to eat and love and laughter to share! There is nothing better than a hug from my kiddos or husband! And every day I see the good in our community. Lake Oswego is filled with people who care and look out for their neighbors. They give their time and their treasure to help others. I'm humbled to be part of such a special corner of the world!

Christina Fisher

Hunger Fighters of Oregon executive director

Lake Oswego is a distinctive community. Set apart from Portland and its suburbs, it is defined by its extraordinary beauty and access to local and regional amenities. A full service city filled with engaged residents, wonderful parks and open spaces and recreational opportunities, great schools, wonderful cultural amenities and so much more. A unique city and quality of life. I am grateful to be part of such a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Jeff Gudman

It's difficult to wrap up everything I'm thankful for in under 100 words! Besides the obvious, my kids, husband, extended family and team (who feel like family!), I'm thankful for my mom, Anna Totonchy (of Anna's Bridal). She has inspired me from an early age as a businesswoman, doting wife and parent, and as someone that goes out of her way to help others and better her community. She is a wonderful and supportive mom to my brother and I, but an even more amazing grandma to her three adoring grandchildren! She magically does it all, while looking chic and fabulous!

Nora Sheils

I am truly grateful for all of the volunteers who come together to put on the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. Whether they volunteer for a few hours or dedicate their time all year long on our Steering Committee, the Festival would not be possible without their commitment. I feel so lucky to get the chance to meet and share a love of the arts with so many awesome people!

Natalie Wood

This year I feel so grateful for HEALTH. I hope that I never again take it for granted — for myself or for those I love. It is such a gift! I wish everyone reading the paper today good health, happiness and friends and family on which to shower your affection! Happy Thanksgiving!

Nancy Niland

At the Arts Council of Lake Oswego, we're thankful for our community — of sponsors and supporters who year after year make our programs real, volunteers who help us expand our reach by leading tours, serving on committees, and making events happen, and Board who gives freely of their time and talent to make what we do all the more impactful. Thank you to ALL who help us ensure the arts are an integral part of life in our community.

Nicole Nathan

We are thankful for our families, our amazing team and our wonderful brides at Anna's Bridal. Like so many businesses we were tested during the pandemic and we feel beyond blessed to have made it through to the other side. The brides that come through our door become more than just a customer to us. The relationships that we build with the brides as well as their friends and family are something we hold close to our hearts and we are incredibly thankful for them.

Anna's Bridal

I am so thankful that after over two years of looking, my husband and I finally got our first house. We cannot wait to create special memories and grow our family in our home!

Ashley Monihan

Advertising sales consultant

This year I am so grateful for time with my beautiful grandchildren, my health (which I don't deserve) and the love of family and friends. (And winning that last federal court case!) (And no major fires nearby!) (And hopefully no big ice storms on the way!) (…and, and… there's actually a very long list!) Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Jaye Taylor

Thanks for the opportunity to express gratitude. I think it would be great if you use my photo from your candidate Q &A series. Here is my submission:

This year I am feeling gratitude for the citizens of Lake Oswego for granting me the opportunity to serve on our City Council. I'm also grateful for the experience of campaigning which allowed me to meet so many people who are working to make our city better. I will work hard to warrant their support!

Trudy Corrigan

Living and working in Lake Oswego is truly a blessing. I'm so grateful for the leaders in government, business, education, and the arts who help make this community so welcoming and inclusive for all. I especially want to thank the patrons of Lakewood Center for the Arts who have stepped forward as donors, subscribers, art attendees and volunteers! Their support of the arts and education programs we provide is so gratifying. The talents and flexibility of our many artists on the stage, in their studios and behind the scenes truly amazes me! I am so proud to be part of their efforts. In addition I owe thanks beyond measure to my friends, co-workers and Lakewood's board of directors for their friendship and dedicated support. They continually step up to provide access to our arts and theatre programs in this time of fiscal uncertainty. But the most important thanks and gratitude goes to an amazing lady who gives me inspiration and makes each day better than the one before — my love, and now wife, Nancy Niland. Carpe Diem!

Andrew Edwards

Lakewood Center for the Arts executive director

During this Thanksgiving season, I am extremely thankful for all of the students, families, staff, faculty, directors and administrators in Lake Oswego. They continue to add deep value to my life and I am very grateful for their continued support over the years! Working in Lake Oswego is truly a blessing!

Dr. Jennifer Schiele

Lake Oswego School District superintendent

I am truly thankful for my family, friends and for everyone working to build up and strengthen our community. From my time on the Lake Oswego School Board — to my current service as State Senator — I am always impressed by our neighbors who step forward to share their perspectives and work to make Oregon a welcoming home for everyone. Thank you all for getting involved and making a difference.

Rob Wagner

Oregon Senate majority leader

I am forever grateful for the natural spaces and walking trails in Lake Oswego. Many of my happiest childhood memories are of adventures in the Palisades woods with my sisters. As Lake Oswego grew, some land was spared from development. These natural areas were never more precious than these past three years when they offered a refuge from the stress of the pandemic. Moments for which I am grateful: the vision of gossamer flies dancing in a shaft of sunlight in the forest; the deer I met on Iron Mountain Trail; moss-covered boulders and licorice ferns of Oswego Creek.

Susanna Kuo

I am grateful for my beautiful family and for their support during the campaign season. My daughter helped knock on neighbor's doors and attended many meetings with me from August through November. My son put a smile on my face with his sweet toddler giggle, which reminded me to take each day in stride. My husband provided invaluable advice throughout the process, and helped me celebrate at the end of the race. What a beautiful community we live in — my family and I are so grateful to be part of it.

Katherine Lupton

This year, I'm incredibly grateful to have made it through a challenging time for our business. The last several years have come with seemingly impossible hurdles for our company. I'm so thankful for our team and our partners, and the AMAZING customers who have been here supporting us along the way! I'm also grateful that my whole world revolves around DONUTS! It's a pretty sweet life.

Katie Poppe

Blue Star Donuts founder

Thankfulness is an important quality of being a good human. Thanking people in our lives, neighbors (in the religious sense of it), nature for what it give us, and the community that supports us.

I am grateful and thankful for being still here, alive and healthy. I am thankful for being part of the local government of Lake Oswego and serving it faithfully.

I am thankful of my family and my friends.

Massene Mboup

Lake Oswego city councilor

This year, I'm grateful for stability.

The fact that I know where my next meal is going to come from, where I will rest my head at night, who to call in case I need help or comfort and that I will likely be more or less fine if I fall on hard times, is a blessing.

Corey Buchanan

Assistant editor

I am grateful to be back in the Portland metro area after spending the past year on the other side of the mountains in Madras. Though I grew up in Corvallis, I earned my college degrees at Portland State University and came to adopt this area as my new home after moving up here in 2011. While I have lived in Chicago, China and Central Oregon over the past decade, I have always felt called to come home to this area. Now that I'm back, I get to do my dream job — covering sports — in a place where I truly feel like I belong. Andrew Dieckhoff

Sports editor

I'm thankful for the many readers and advertisers who support our work. Our communities have so many important and interesting stories that need to be told. Your support makes it possible.

I'm also very thankful for the extremely dedicated staff that I have the privilege to work with every day. These people go above and beyond every week to do their jobs. Our communities are definitely better off because of their efforts. They are all superheroes in my book.

Finally, I'm very grateful to my friends and family who provide the love and inspiration for everything I do.

J. Brian Monihan


It's been a trying year for me personally, and I have never been more thankful for family and friends who are willing to drop everything to support me when I need them the most. I'm also grateful for our incredible staff and local readers, who are the true heartbeat of this newspaper.

Patrick Malee


I am always grateful for my family and friends — most are thousands of miles away, but their love and support make the tough days better. To our readers, I am continuously appreciative that you allow me to tell your stories. But most of all, I'm grateful that I get to stuff my face with mac and cheese this holiday season.

Mia Ryder-Marks

Education reporter

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