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Local creative thinkers share what they're thankful for this Thanksgiving

News Herald (Port Clinton) logo News Herald (Port Clinton) 11/25/2021 Jon Stinchcomb, Port Clinton News Herald
“I’m thankful for The Arts Garage and the new opportunities there will be for the community to come together into this great space,” said Jeanne Morgan, a volunteer at TAG and a member of the Port Clinton Artists’ Club. © Jon Stinchcomb/News Herald “I’m thankful for The Arts Garage and the new opportunities there will be for the community to come together into this great space,” said Jeanne Morgan, a volunteer at TAG and a member of the Port Clinton Artists’ Club.

PORT CLINTON — Though still not completely out of the woods yet concerning the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, progress made compared this time last year in part thanks to at least the local success of the vaccine rollout has Ottawa County residents thankful to be able to come together again as a community this holiday season. 

“I’m thankful for the energy that’s starting,” said Michelle Gregorek, who is relatively new to the community having first moved to Port Clinton about three years ago. © Jon Stinchcomb/News Herald “I’m thankful for the energy that’s starting,” said Michelle Gregorek, who is relatively new to the community having first moved to Port Clinton about three years ago.

Some of the most creative minds, those of artists’ from throughout the local area, shared what they were thankful for, too, as they prepared to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday. 

“I’m thankful for The Arts Garage and the new opportunities there will be for the community to come together into this great space,” said Jeanne Morgan, a volunteer at TAG and a member of the Port Clinton Artists’ Club.

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Michelle Gregorek, who is relatively new to the community having first moved here about three years ago, offered a similar sentiment. 

“I’m thankful for this place,” Gregorek said of The Arts Garage. “I think it’s just going to be what I call ‘the bomb.’ It’s going to be such a great place for the area, the whole county.”

She also expressed gratitude for having discovered the city of Port Clinton and making it her new home, especially as momentum continues to grow behind making it an even better place for everyone to live and enjoy. 

“I’m thankful for the energy that’s starting,” Gregorek said. “Yesterday, I walked from Lakeview Park right on down to the (Port Clinton) Lighthouse.”

She referenced how that walk is about to get even nicer thanks to the new waterfront walkway project underway now along the Portage River and across downtown. 

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“I’m thankful for having this place to work,” said Rick Dziak, a local painter for about the past 25 to 30 years who had previously moved around a lot during that time before eventually migrating into The Arts Garage.

But, of course, Dziak said he is most thankful for his family, especially his five grandkids — two girls and three boys, all of which live either out of town or even out of state. 

“We’ll get to see them for Christmas,” he said. 

“I’m thankful for having this place to work,” said Rick Dziak, a local painter for about the past 25 to 30 years who had previously moved around a lot during that time before eventually migrating into The Arts Garage. © Jon Stinchcomb/News Herald “I’m thankful for having this place to work,” said Rick Dziak, a local painter for about the past 25 to 30 years who had previously moved around a lot during that time before eventually migrating into The Arts Garage.

Family tends to be an understandably common theme around this time of year. 

“I’m thankful that my parents were both teachers, so they have helped me to become a teacher, too,” said Rebecca Booth, of Marketing Works in Genoa and communications chair for the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council. 

She explained that her parents showed her how it is never too late to consider teaching. 

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“You can do it anytime in your life, that’s what they taught me,” Booth said. “My mom would say, ‘You can study art, but you’re not going to be a starving artist,’ so I studied art through graphic design and marketing. That’s how I got started.”

That guidance led Booth to find a fulfilling career path that she genuinely enjoyed, which is unfortunately not as common. 

“How many people can actually say that they love their job? Because not many do, and I feel bad for them, because I love my job,” she said. “I’m also thankful for art supplies — you can never have too many.”

“I’m thankful that my parents were both teachers, so they have helped me to become a teacher, too,” said Rebecca Booth, of Marketing Works in Genoa and communications chair for the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council. © Jon Stinchcomb/News Herald “I’m thankful that my parents were both teachers, so they have helped me to become a teacher, too,” said Rebecca Booth, of Marketing Works in Genoa and communications chair for the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council.

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