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We give thanks: Capital Region residents share what they are grateful for

Capital Region residents share what they are grateful for before Thanksgiving 2020.
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Capital Region residents share what they are grateful for before Thanksgiving 2020.

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Today’s Thanksgiving gatherings are sure to be a little different. Many of us have scaled back or outright cancelled our traditional holiday dinners. Hugs and kisses for friends and loved ones will largely have to wait until a safer time.

But even COVID-19 restrictions and related public-health measures can’t hold us back from observing some of our most treasured pastimes.

Today is still the perfect occasion to reflect on all we’re grateful for — maybe even more so because of the tumult and hardship of 2020.

But before you take stock in your own life, we thought we’d share with you the Thanksgiving sentiments of a handful of Capital Region residents who spoke this week with Gazette Staff Writer Stan Hudy. Enjoy.

Photos by Stan Hudy

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“My family, staying healthy. I got to be home with my kids more, even though it drove me nuts, but I was able to actually be home with my kids and that really made me happy.”
Christine Powers, Schenectady

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“I just got engaged, so I am thankful for my new family. I’m thankful for my current family that I’ve had for many years, my job. I don’t really have much to complain about, life is good.”
Dan Rhodes, Amsterdam

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“I’m thankful for my health and hope it continues. It’s a journey with everything that is going on.”
Bryan Rudes, Piseco

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“It’s kind of a cave-in year with this COVID-19 stuff, but it just makes more sense where you have to be together with family and make sure everyone is together and help each other out in these hard times.”
Hector Ortiz and his girlfriend Wanda Reyes, Amsterdam

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“I’m thankful for family, I’m thankful for having a job, I’m thankful for all my family that is alive through this COVID, I’m really grateful for that. Just holding on this year and it’s been crazy. I have lost some people, but it’s something you can’t help, it can’t be helped, the COVID … I’m engaged to my fiance, so that was a bright spot. God is good, I woke up this morning, that’s a good thing and I’m thankful.”
Tonja Tutt, Amsterdam

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“We are very, very thankful just to have our family together and not get caught up in all the nonsense. I think what makes me smile, I’m sarcastic, but all this political nonsense makes me chuckle all the time thinking about what’s really going on in this world … That is what really makes me laugh.”
Jolene Martin, Amsterdam

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“We’re having a good life together, I’m thankful for that (in reference to his wife of 55 years, Dolores). For our health, we’re able to get out and about. We’re enjoying each other’s company tremendously.”
Robert Day, Charlotteville

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“I am thankful to have everybody in my family together. I’m thankful that my family is in good health this year. We’ve been through a lot of struggles, so I’m very, very thankful for that.”
Toni Stevens, Amsterdam

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“I’m thankful for my friends and family at this time and giving. I’m giving a turkey away today at Catholic Charities.”
Dawn Bergeron, Cobleskill

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“That I made it this far. My children have done well this year and that makes me smile.”
David Henderson, Johnstown

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“I’m grateful that I’m healthy and that my family is healthy and I’m going to see it. That’s all I need.”
Glen Maranga, Rensselaerville

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“I’m thankful for my family.”
Thea Beagen, Cobleskill

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“My health. I avoided the virus. You can’t be more thankful than that.
Otherwise it’s been a wasted year. I’d like to go to Florida, I’d like to go to Mexico, I’d like to go to Oregon where my granddaughter is, but I didn’t make it. I’m stuck. It could be worse, there could be a worse place to be stuck.”
Philip Butler, Richmondville

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“That our family’s stayed out of the COVID-way and we’re all relatively healthy.”
Tish Karpoy, Berne

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“Being healthy through all this stuff. No highlights this year. I’m looking forward to it ending.”
Darren Van Schaick, Carlisle

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“My health and my family’s health, that’s it.”
Margaret Cusano, Rotterdam

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“Our family, our health and our animals. We have a farm with horses and Scottish Highland Cattle.”
Stacey Serdy with daughter Emma, Worcester

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“I just can’t wait for 2020 to be over. (But) I think we’ve learned about caring for each other. I’m healthy, my family is healthy.”
Dick Bartholomew, Richmondville

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“That none of my family got ill with the COVID, that’s what I’m thankful for.”
Irene Garner, Cobleskill

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“God protecting us with this COVID going around, I can be alive. With Jesus as my savior, I can go to heaven when I die.”
Tom Becker, Fonda

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“I’m thankful that all my family is healthy. With COVID a lot of people have lost their jobs and I was fortunate enough to not be one of them, I’ve actually had more work now that COVID has been a thing. Still having a job and a healthy family is what I’m most thankful for.”
Anthony Buseck, Mayfield

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