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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 go well 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 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 also come a few events the Tribune Chronicle has come to be known for this time of year.

TRUMBULL COUNTY VETERANS DAY PARADE

In Trumbull County, we will again sponsor the annual Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11 in downtown Warren, in which we will salute all veterans who have served our country, but especially pay tribute to the 25 Trumbull County veterans whose military service stories we have shared on our front page each Monday since Memorial Day.

As always, the parade will step off about 12:15 p.m. from Perkins Park, shortly after the annual Trumbull County Veterans Day Federation ceremony, held at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Ave. NW. It travels south on Mahoning Avenue and through downtown, passing the Samuel E. Lanza Veterans Resource Center, named for my dear friend whom I held great respect for until his recent passing this year.

The parade has been sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle since 2003 as a way our newspaper shows appreciation and admiration for all service men and women. If you wish to participate, there is no charge, but deadline to sign up is Nov. 1 Contact our Special Events Coordinator Sue Shafer at sshafer@tribto day.com or 330-841-1696.

GIVING THANKS

Then, with Thanksgiving Day approaching, we again will be inviting our readers, elementary classrooms, nursing homes and anyone else to start putting together their lists of thankful thoughts.

The Tribune Chronicle again will continue its annual tradition of providing a platform for expressing gratitude by accepting and publishing “Giving Thanks” submissions, all free of charge.

Whether it’s the 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 for what we are most thankful, but it’s also a great opportunity to encourage teens and children to develop an attitude of appreciation.

Submissions will be published in the newspaper the week of Thanksgiving.

Usually we get hundreds and hundreds of submissions, and we’d love to publish them all. That’s why we ask that they be brief — no more than 35 words.

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

Or if you’d prefer, email to givingthanks@tribto day.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 can 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 and community. Include the entire group or classroom into one email.

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

Linert is editor of the Tribune Chronicle and The Vindicator.

blinert@tribtoday.com

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