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Residents feeling grateful amid the holidays

BARNESVILLE — Many local residents are giving thanks for their family and health this holiday season.

Plenty of people who may have been apprehensive about gathering for the holidays amid the pandemic last year are looking forward to reuniting with their family and friends this year. Brian Mayhugh of Barnesville said this Thanksgiving is the first time his family will be all together since the start of the pandemic early last year, and he is looking forward to that. Due to some health issues in the family, he said they will be combining their holiday dinners into one that will be held today on Thanksgiving day.

Mayhugh said he is most thankful for his “family, friends and good health” and being able to be together.

Susan Lapham of Bethesda said she is thankful for her family, the veterans and the community of Barnesville. Lapham, who owns both Avenues of Barnesville and Blue Moon Tavern, said she is also thankful for the larger community and its support of her small businesses.

“I love this community, and I’m very thankful for our customers. We so appreciate so many of them who do support local,” she added.

She said she is most looking forward to seeing her family for the holidays. She said many of them live out of town and are coming in this week to celebrate.

“I’m looking forward to the food, family, friends and fellowship. I can’t wait to see them,” she added.

Terry Amos of Bethesda said he is thankful for family and being an American.

“I’m thankful for being an American and the blessings we have as an American. I’m thankful for all the people that’ve given us these blessings, we don’t think about that,” he said. “I’m thankful for having grandparents and parents who raise us to appreciate what we have. You can always be thankful if you look around you.”

He said he is looking forward to getting together with his family for a delicious home-cooked meal today.

Camryn Mowder of Moundsville said she is thankful for her fall and walks with her dog. She said she can’t wait for family dinner, where she enjoys any type of casserole dish. Lakyn Phillips of Moundsville said she is grateful for having her family, coffee and her car. She said she anticipates watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at her grandparents’ house, which is a family tradition.

Tanya Pinkston of St. Clairsville said she is most thankful for her husband, Jim, family and their health. The couple said they are looking forward to spending time with their children and grandchildren.

“It’s going to be nice to be with family and friends, especially after last year,” Jim added.

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