Community Finds Ways to Give Thanks

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ZANESVILLE, Oh – Today was a day to celebrate and give thanks.

Many got together with their friends and families to share in the traditonal feast filled with plenty of turkey, stuffing, and all the Thanksgiving favorites.


In a year with so much pain and turmoil, it may seem like there’s not a whole lot to be thankful for these days.

However, many in our community, from teachers to business leaders and everyone in between have found plenty to give thanks for this holiday season.


“I’m most thankful for my family. I have an 11 month old, so being a new dad, it’s been great,” Dalton Kirkbride with the ZMC Health Department said.


“For my family and the opportunity to work with students at John Glenn High School,” Susan Snively, a counselor at John Glenn High School told us.


“I’ve been so blessed to be able to help people in our community and animals as well,” K9 Adoption Center Volunteer Doug McQuaid said.


“For my family. I have an awesome immediate family, they’re a very loving, open bunch and I’m very thankful for them,” Beth Fox from the Muskingum County Community Foundation told us.


And as meals were eaten and families and friends a like reunited and shared plenty of laughs and fun, there was even more to be grateful for.

Many even got to enjoy favorite family recipes passed down through the generations, and partake in some comfort foods.

So my favorite side dish would have to be my grandmother’s dressing. She makes it from scratch. She makes her own broth with chicken wings and celery and onions and all these great spices,” MCLS Director of Marketing and Community Relations Sean Fennell told us.

“I have a split decision between grandma’s rolls and grandma’s noodles from two different families,” John Glenn High School Vice President Clarke Warren told us.

My favorite side dish is always the dressing. My mother was alive, she’d fix me some giblet gravy to go over it. And you got to have cranberry sauce, however you like it,” The Ohio State Superfan, Buck I Guy said.

My favorite Thanksgiving side would have to be noodles. Bring on the noodles,” ZMC Chamber of Commerce President Dana Matz said.


We here at WHIZ hope you’ve had a wonderful Thanksgiving and wish you a happy holiday season!

Maggie Warren
Maggie was born and raised in Speedway, Indiana where she developed her love and passion for weather, IndyCar and F1, hockey, and baseball, especially the Detroit Red Wings and the Cincinnati Reds. When she's not at work, she enjoys binge-watching her favorite tv shows, writing, hiking, and doing pretty much any outdoor activity! Maggie graduated from Ball State University, where she majored in meteorology/climatology, in Fall 2020. While at Ball State, she was a member of the Storm Chase Team and Cardinal Weather Service. She is also a member of the American Meteorological Society. She loves exploring new places, so if you have any recommendations of places she should visit, let her know! And if you see her around town, don't be shy, say hi!