Thanksgiving is nearly here, and Lebanon County is ready to celebrate.

It’s a time to reflect with our families, our loved ones – what are we thankful for?

For me, the answers are simple. I’m thankful for my wife, my dog, my friends and extended family. But I’m also thankful for you.

You, a reader of LebTown. You, someone who cares about the future of Lebanon County. You, a person who makes a difference by visiting this website.

I am immensely proud of being from Lebanon County. I believe that there are lessons here — instruction we can take from the Pennsylvania Dutch culture, inspiration we can receive from knowing our county and our country are changing, wisdom we can learn from knowing that Lebanon County was once mighty and could be again in the future.

I am thankful to be running a publication that is advertiser-supported and member-driven. LebTown exists because you want it around. We make it our mission every day to deliver value to the community by producing independent, fact-based journalism, underwritten by our sponsors and informed by our members. We encourage you to support the businesses that support us – there are countless ways to spend advertising dollars, but few that make as big an impact as advertising on LebTown. Delivering value to them helps us bring you more community-sustaining news and information.

I am grateful to be working with a bright, motivated, and engaged team of reporters and freelancers who do this work because they believe in the mission. Our single biggest goal is creating a business that can sustain good journalism jobs for the community. We need to do it for ourselves, because history has shown that corporate media won’t do it for us.

LebTown will be taking the next couple of days off – we don’t plan to publish any posts Thursday or Friday, and if we do, it will only be because of breaking news that we think needs to get out there.

Thank you for reading LebTown. We’ll see you in a few days.

This article was originally published for Thanksgiving 2019 and has been updated for today.

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Davis Shaver

Davis Shaver is the publisher of LebTown. He grew up in Lebanon and currently lives outside of Hershey, PA.

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