Fulton County gives thanks

We’re not out of the woods yet on COVID-19, but we still have plenty to be thankful for this year. For many, this year’s Thanksgiving celebrations will be especially sweet, bolstered by the gratitude that comes with the absence of contact for so many of us for so long.

To mark the holiday, our reporters fanned out in the community to ask what some of you are thankful for this holiday.

Some are grateful for good health, an appreciation deepened by the tragic loss of life during the pandemic. Others are especially thankful for loved ones, bonds deepened in the struggle and solitude of quarantine. Still others are thankful for simpler things, from quiet walks in nature to the kindness of strangers.

So whatever it is that you’re thankful for this year, embrace it. And Happy Thanksgiving.

“I’ve got two daughters who drive me to the brink and four sons in California. They are blessings. The daughters, not so much. [laughs]. I’m thankful for all my children, all my [eight] grandchildren.

ANDREW WAITE/THE LEADER-HERALD Carolyn Tierney, 88, of Johnstown

Because I’m still alive and primarily because they are good, good people. They drive me nuts, but they are good and they do good things.”

— Carolyn Tierney, 88, Johnstown

ANDREW WAITE/THE LEADER-HERALD Chivon Millan-Peek of Johnstown

“I am thankful for being able to start my own business [Moonstone Oracle by Chivon] this year. I read oracle cards for a living. I’ve seen ghosts my whole life. So it’s one of those things where you shut it off and suddenly it comes back, and it’s like you might as well go with it, they aren’t going to leave me alone. Let’s use it and see what we can do to help people.”

— Chivon Millan-Peek, 37, Johnstown

“I’m thankful for my Mom, my Dad, my son, for still being here. I have epilepsy. It’s been a tough couple of years, getting back on my feat. The more seizures I would have, the more people would push away from me, so it was really lonely for me. I was alone at home a lot, except for my son, my Mom and my Dad.”

— Katirina Palmateer, 29, of Johnstown

“I’m thankful for friends and family and all of the blessings I’ve received. There’s always someone who has it worse than you, so no matter how bad you think you have it, there’s always someone who has it worse. I go with the flow. I deal with what’s handed to me. The last couple of years have been hard. It’s been weird, but all of the challenges we face in life make us who we are in our later lives.”

— Paul Lomanto, 18, of Gloversville

“I am truly blessed to be here still because I’m in recovery, and I’ve had a horrible life. And for two months now I’ve been living through hell [because of withdrawal], it feels like, and I’m just thankful to God to still be here and be able to be with my children (ages 8 and 6), and my family. It’s going to be a good Thanksgiving.

ANDREW WAITE/THE LEADER-HERALD Kelly Douglass, 29, Johnstown

I’ve been in recovery 10 years, but I just recently relapsed. But I learned from my mistakes, I’m moving on. I just got baptized three days ago, so I’m cleansed and ridden of all this negative energy. “

— Kelly Douglass, 29, Johnstown

ANDREW WAITE/THE LEADER-HERALD Victor J. Garcia, 44, of Johnstown

“I’m just thankful for being able to wake up every day, not having to chase anything that’s negative. And just getting better. I’m also in recovery, so we’re just thankful that we are able to be around people. I’m grateful that I met her [Douglass] because we’re both helping each other out with this process. People call it a journey, I call it a crusade. There is a lot of stuff we’ve got to put up with and fight through in order to be grateful and thankful at the end of the day.

Victor J. Garcia 44, Johnstown

By LH Staff

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