It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of our lives. The hectic pace we all try to keep each day makes it hard to slow down and realize all that we have to be thankful for.

Many of us think first of family when we pause to reflect on what we are thankful for. Our families provide a respite from the rest of the world, a backbone to rely on in getting through our days. My family is tops on my list when I think of all that I am grateful for.

The ultimate way to give thanks is to help others who are less fortunate. The volunteers we highlight in this issue of About do just that.

Our story introduces you to people like David Kohl, a 78-year-old volunteer with the Salvation Army of Western Stark County. David goes to the Army office each day and says, “Captain, what can I do today to make your day easier?”

We also introduce you to, among others, George Lemon, who retired from his job in 2007 and dived right into an enormous list of volunteer duties.

I’m betting you’ll find the words of these Stark County volunteers to be inspirational. I got to meet each and came away wondering how they do it all. Their determination and drive to make a difference are infectious. I am grateful that they are each a part of this community. They make me proud to call Stark County home. We do have so much to be thankful for.

Speaking of thankful…

We are pleased to welcome a new member to our About team. Laura Ruby joined our staff in September as advertising manager. Laura brings with her experience from the sales teams of two monthly magazines, Indianapolis Monthy and Chicago.

Laura lives in Jackson Township with her husband, Michael, and daughter, Caroline.

To learn more about promoting your business, products and services in About, call Laura at (330) 580-8430 or e-mail

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