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Fall brings thoughts of offering thanks

Leaves are turning, folks are stocking up on their trick or treat candy and the nights are getting more brisk. That has become increasingly clear each night when I take my beagle out for his regular stroll.

We walk after dark because, well, my husband would tell you that’s usually when I’m getting home from work — but also because there are usually fewer people out in my neighborhood in the late evening and, thus, less things for Max to bark about. (If you’ve ever had a beagle, you’ll understand.)

It also will be mere weeks until family and friends gather to offer thanks and reflect on blessings of this past year.

Along with all these signs of fall come a couple items I think are worthy of note.

GIVING THANKS

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, each year for decades, our newsroom has offered Tribune Chronicle readers an opportunity to send in short items telling us what they are most thankful for. Elementary school teachers have made it a class project, we’ve invited various organizations such as Scouts or other groups to take part, and now we’d like to invite senior citizen groups or homes the opportunity to participate as well.

Then, on Thanksgiving week, we publish those items on the pages of the newspaper for all to see.

The annual tradition has been so popular in the Tribune Chronicle that we wanted to invite our new Vindicator readers to do the same.

The Vindicator will provide the platform for readers to express their gratitude, and you simply need to provide the wonderful thoughts — all free of charge.

Whether it’s fall weather, encouragement of family or a life changing event, readers are encouraged to submit the reasons they are thankful. Not only are the submissions a good way to let the entire community know why you’re thankful, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to encourage teens and children to develop an attitude of appreciation.

In the past, we’ve received hundreds and hundreds of submissions, and we hope it’s just as popular in The Vindicator. We’d love to publish them all, but in order to do that we ask that they be brief — no more than 35 words each.

Forms for writing thanks will be published from time to time in this newspaper in coming weeks. Fill out the coupon, attach a separate piece of paper with your thoughts and mail it to: The Vindicator, Attn: Giving Thanks, 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren OH 44483.

Or if you’d prefer, email to givingthanks@tribtoday.com.

Submissions should include a person’s complete name, a phone number (not for publication) and the community in which you reside.

Local schools, organizations, nursing homes, etc., that wish to participate this year are encouraged to send submissions electronically. You still may submit up to 35 words per person. After each submission, please list the person’s name. If it is a class project, please instead include the student’s name and grade. Also include the name of the school, teacher and community. Include the entire group or classroom in one email.

Submissions are due at the Tribune Chronicle no later than Nov. 13.

I can’t wait to read all your thankful thoughts!

U.S. AIR FORCE

CONCERT BAND

Also next month, The Vindicator will help sponsor the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band 7:30 p.m., Nov. 18 at Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown.

The Heritage of America Concert Band includes more than 40 Air Force members-musicians performing. We are thrilled to serve as the event’s media sponsor this year.

Concert admission is free, but tickets are required and are available now at the Stambaugh box office between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, online at www.stambaughauditorium.com or by calling 330-259-0555.

This year’s pre-concert dinner will be held in the Jeanne D. Tyler Grand Ballroom before the concert. It is open to the public, and dinner tickets are $40.

blinert@tribtoday.com

Fall brings thoughts of offering thanks

Leaves are turning, folks are stocking up on their trick or treat candy and the nights are getting more brisk. That has become increasingly clear each night when I take my beagle out for his regular stroll.

We walk after dark because, well, my husband would tell you that’s usually when I’m getting home from work — but also because there are usually fewer people out in my neighborhood in the late evening and, thus, less things for Max to bark about. (If you’ve ever had a beagle, you’ll understand.)

It also will be mere weeks until family and friends gather to offer thanks and reflect on blessings of this past year.

Along with all these signs of fall come a couple items I think are worthy of note.

GIVING THANKS

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, each year for decades, our newsroom has offered Tribune Chronicle readers an opportunity to send in short items telling us what they are most thankful for. Elementary school teachers have made it a class project, we’ve invited various organizations such as Scouts or other groups to take part, and now we’d like to invite senior citizen groups or homes the opportunity to participate as well.

Then, on Thanksgiving week, we publish those items on the pages of the newspaper for all to see.

The annual tradition has been so popular in the Tribune Chronicle that we wanted to invite our new Vindicator readers to do the same.

The Vindicator will provide the platform for readers to express their gratitude, and you simply need to provide the wonderful thoughts — all free of charge.

Whether it’s fall weather, encouragement of family or a life changing event, readers are encouraged to submit the reasons they are thankful. Not only are the submissions a good way to let the entire community know why you’re thankful, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to encourage teens and children to develop an attitude of appreciation.

In the past, we’ve received hundreds and hundreds of submissions, and we hope it’s just as popular in The Vindicator. We’d love to publish them all, but in order to do that we ask that they be brief — no more than 35 words each.

Forms for writing thanks will be published from time to time in this newspaper in coming weeks. Fill out the coupon, attach a separate piece of paper with your thoughts and mail it to: The Vindicator, Attn: Giving Thanks, 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren OH 44483.

Or if you’d prefer, email to givingthanks@tribtoday .com.

Submissions should include a person’s complete name, a phone number (not for publication) and the community in which you reside.

Local schools, organizations, nursing homes, etc., that wish to participate this year are encouraged to send submissions electronically. You still may submit up to 35 words per person. After each submission, please list the person’s name. If it is a class project, please instead include the student’s name and grade. Also include the name of the school, teacher and community. Include the entire group or classroom in one email.

Submissions are due at The Vindicator no later than Nov. 13.

I can’t wait to read all your thankful thoughts!

U.S. AIR FORCE CONCERT BAND

Also next month, The Vindicator will help sponsor the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band 7:30 p.m., Nov. 18 at Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown.

The Heritage of America Concert Band includes more than 40 Air Force members-musicians performing. We are thrilled to serve as the event’s media sponsor this year.

Concert admission is free, but tickets are required and are available now at the Stambaugh box office between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, online at www.stambaughauditoriu m.com or by calling 330-259-0555.

This year’s pre-concert dinner will be held in the Jeanne D. Tyler Grand Ballroom before the concert. It is open to the public, and dinner tickets are $40.

blinert@tribtoday.com