Butler County residents thankful for treasures that can’t be bought

With all the tragedy in the world and the political differences that are dividing the country, local residents said they’re thankful for some of the simpler things this Thanksgiving season, including their families and their health.

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We solicited Butler County residents and many of them said they’re thankful for treasures that can’t be purchased:

“I am thankful for my family. This year my daughter got married, so we added a son-in-law to our family. I am also thankful for my son who joined the Navy this year,” — Todd Moore, of Monroe

“Thankful to be part of a community that’s starting to take pride in itself. Between the Pendleton Art Center and the downtown area coming alive, it’s really nice to be here,” — Chris Phares, of Middletown

“For my family and a close-knit community that’s very supportive,” — Katy Canter, of Middletown

“My family’s health and the fact my grandparents are now in better health. My grandfather had a heart attack in the summer,” — Rebekah Lenos, of Middletown

“I am thankful for a community that comes together to help each other. If you look around West Chester it’s easy to find organizations and individuals that focus on helping others. It makes a great place to live and work,” — Jane Gegner, of West Chester Twp.

“I am thankful for a small tight knit community, my family, friends and good health. Everyday I wake up I remember how thankful I am for my husband’s love, my kids’ hugs and smiles, my dad’s phone calls and pumpkin spice creamer in my coffee,” — Karla Fairchild, of Madison Twp.

“I am thankful for not only for my family, but that I have a family that enjoys and looks forward to spending time together,” — Carmen Parker, of Madison Twp.

“I am thankful for a happy, healthy family and friends. I am also thankful for our amazing community and school. It’s an amazing place to raise a family,” — Kelly Brandel, of Madison Twp.

“I’m thankful that I’m semi-retired and that I can still be active in the community, because retirement does not mean sitting and doing nothing to me. My 90-year-old mom is still alive. She’s going to my granddaughter’s house (on Thanksgiving). Just all sorts of things. All the positive energy that’s going on in the city of Hamilton. Thankful to be a small part of it, even. And very thankful that I’m in good health and can be a part of it,” — Frank Downie of Hamilton

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