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OPINION: Ten Things Greendale Can Be Thankful For

OPINION: Ten Things Greendale Can Be Thankful For

by | Nov 25, 2015 | 7 comments

Thanksgiving is one of the best ideas we ever came up with and it is my favorite holiday. It is also great time to say thank you. In addition to Packers vs. Bears on Thanksgiving night, here are ten things Villagers have to be grateful for in 2015:

1. I’m thankful for the the Rockwell-esque holiday (nee Christmas) tree lot that popped up in Gazebo Park. It is a picture perfect holiday addition to Broad Street.

2. How about all of the hard, unheralded work the Department of Public Works does behind-the-scenes that doesn’t get recognized? Great job!

3. Construction and relocation to a new home is challenging for anyone. The fact that our fire department will be doing this — all while providing top notch services to our community — shouldn’t go unnoticed. Thank you.

4. While I am at it, thank you to our Greendale police officers, firefighters, paramedics, dispatchers, nurses, military & their families. #neverclose

5. Thank you to Village Manager Todd Michaels for your commitment to Greendale. I know our Village Trustees appreciate your hard work in moving our community forward.

6. The Greendale High School Theatre Department has consistently staged engaging productions for years. I am grateful that GHS drama teacher Eric Christiansen continues to model what it means to be a great teacher in public instruction.

7. Speaking of GHS, how about a thank you to Principal Steve Lodes who has led a consistently high performing high school through a challenging few years.

8. Thank you to the Greendale Chamber of Commerce and The Greendale Celebrations Committee for the annual holiday tree lighting on Friday, November 27. What a great way to kick off the holiday season in our Village. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. in front of historic Village Hall.

9. How about a belated thank you to the designers and architects who planned Greendale’s historic district. Their vision helped created a picturesque downtown that is the envy of communities across the country.

10. Finally, a big thank you to Steven Cohrs of New Jersey, who donated the Village’s original Diamond T Model 509S fire engine to the Greendale Historical Society. It is a wonderful gift to our community.

Happy Thanksgiving Greendale!


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Bill Attewell

Bill Attewell is the editor and publisher of Everything Greendale. He has over 20 years experience as an award-winning newspaper editor, writer and publisher. His work has been read in in over 50 publications across the U.S. and abroad. Bill is a long-time resident of Greendale and a Greendale High School alum. Go Panthers!


  1. Richard

    Thankful for all of us pulling for Greendale to be better. Just Do It.

  2. WI Mother

    Thankful for all of the above. In addition, a big “Thank You” to the Greendale Lions Club for all the efforts they put in to help students, and their many contributions in the Village celebrations from summer thru winter.

  3. John

    Lodes should’ve have been and should be Superintendent.

    But then we have this crzy school board.

    Thank goodness the Village is strong.

  4. GSD Ed

    We are Thankful to be able to teach at Greendale.

  5. Mardy

    I am thankful for all of the above. But am also thankful for for all of the contributions the Greendale Public Library have done for our children and our adults!

  6. Christy

    For myself….I am very thankful for the folks in the Greendale Park & Recreation Department for enhancing the quality of life for the Seniors in our area like my mother, and for providing an array of classes, sports activities, child care programs and open markets that make the Village of Greendale such a vibrant and vital community.

  7. GSD Ed

    G House educators are best in class. Good call on Lodes. He should be the Superintendent.


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