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So much to be thankful for this fall

So much to be thankful for this fall mike_briotta_web.jpg
Mike Briotta, PRIME Editor
We have a lot to be thankful for at PRIME this month. As we savor the fall foliage and feel a chill in the air, PRIME features a candle-making family on our cover. The Kittredges, at their expanding Bernardston facility, are proof that (despite tough economic times) local businesses can succeed with the right combination of quality products and strong brand identity. Not only is Kringle Candle a fun daytrip for anyone seeking an "ultra-fragrant" candle for their home, but recently added amenities like The Farm Table restaurant and a the new Christmas Barn enhance the family fun to be had at Kringle. Personally, this month is always a reminder of how blessed I am to be married to a wonderful woman. This November, we celebrate five years of marriage together. According to my comprehensive research, the traditional gift for a married couple's fifth anniversary is something made of wood. I'm certainly no carpenter, so unless hammering out a story on deadline counts, this editor may be out of luck. Perhaps I'll drop by Home Depot and ask to see their finest selction of two-by-fours. What's more romantic: Bamboo or balsa? For a moving memory of a cherished Thanksgiving, please check out our guest columnist Jane D. O'Donoghue on page 9. Her story "Almost like the pilgrims" is a timeless reminder that, especially around the holidays, less can be more. Simplicity, spending time together, and a do-it-yourself attitude will always trump dinner at a five-star restaurant. Also this month, the magazine offers a preview of some of the contestants at the Ms. Massachusetts Senior America pageant, on page 18. Springfield will be hosting the pageant at the High School of Commerce on Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. The pageant gives women over the age of 60 the opportunity to display their inner and outer beauty, elegance and talent. Finally, we end this month's editor's note with a clarification. Our cover story in October PRIME featuring a diversity of voices from breast cancer survivors, support groups and area businesses included a quote from Gazebo store owner Judith Fine that she would like clarified. Fine's updated quote is as follows: "Although there are many medical supply places that do fittings, they usually do not offer many choices, or have a setting that is dignified for a woman who is seeking a breast prosthesis or post-mastectomy bras. Pink Petal and Gazebo are able to offer a comfortable atmosphere and a lot of choice." We sincerely hope that this quotation is readily understandable, and PRIME regrets any misleading inferences possibly drawn by readers of our October feature story. Happy Thanksgiving to all our loyal readers. Until next time, Mike Briotta, PRIME Editor mikeb@thereminder.com Bookmark and Share