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Ohio Valley Residents Thankful for Family, Good Health

Photo by Shelley Hanson Moundsville resident Robert Hartley, shown here working his job at Lowe’s in Wheeling, says he is thankful for his family helping him transition out of the military. Hartley, a Marine Corps veteran, did six deployments over nine years.

WHEELING — As families gather together for Thanksgiving feasts today, many likely are thinking about what they are thankful for and their plans for the coming holidays.

This past week, Ohio Valley residents shopping and working in the Center Wheeling area talked about what they are thankful for this year.

Triadelphia resident Dave Potter said he is thankful for good health. He said his family plans to gather for Thanksgiving dinner today.

“I’m thankful my immediate family is healthy,” he said. “Everyone is getting together, the whole family.”

Bridgeport resident Terry Ehni said he, too, is thankful for good health.

“I have six grandchildren who are all local. I’m thankful for the grandkids and their health,” he said.

Ehni noted the COVID-19 virus did impact his family during the pandemic.

“Some in our family got it and have gotten over it, and not had any lasting effects. We’ve had friends whose family members passed away (because of COVID),” Ehni said. “It’s scary sometimes, still, but I think it’s getting better.”

Peggy Cusick of Martins Ferry said she has a lot to be thankful for year-round.

“I’m grateful every day. I’m thankful for my family, for my home and for my faith,” Cusick said.

She noted her family plans to gather for the holiday like it did last year.

“We have a small family. My family went ahead and gathered,” Cusick said.

Glen Dale resident Jason Robinson said he is thankful for his family this Thanksgiving. He said at Christmastime they plan to travel to Clarksburg to visit family like they normally do. He said between 20 and 30 family members usually gather.

He added his wife, Chray, plans on also visiting other friends and family in their homes with a new tradition.

“My wife and her friends are going to do a Christmas crawl where you go from one house to the next,” he said. “You do appetizers and dinner and experience a little at each place.”

Moundsville resident Robert Hartley said he recently exited the military and he’s happy to be home for the holiday.

“I’m thankful for my family being here and helping me transition out of the Marine Corps,” Hartley said, adding he did six deployments over a nine-year period. “They’ve been a huge help since I got out.”

Hartley noted he is also looking forward to gathering with his entire family at Christmastime this year.

Steve Haythorn of Bethesda said he is also thankful for his family.

“I’m thankful for my wife and my kids. There is nothing better than family,” he said.

Haythorn said his Christmas plans will be about the same as last year’s. He noted the COVID-19 virus did cause them to do more sanitizing and cleaning than usual, but with six children he and wife clean often anyway.

“I cherish every minute with them,” he said of his kids. “I believe God has a plan for every one of us. I don’t let things change how I operate.”

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