Giving thanks before this year ends, I would like to extend my thanks to the following groups for making this a great year to live in Dawson County. First, thank you to Bob Alman and the Rotary Club of Dawson County for the summer carnival to open the Splash Pad at Rock Creek. It was an amazing day of games, music, good food and lots of fun. The children of this county are truly blessed. Next, thanks to those who run our public facilities; the Dawson County Parks and Recreation Department and Matt Payne for the amazing job they do providing beautiful parks and recreation facilities in the county. The improvements to Veterans Memorial Park’s new pool house and pool area were wonderful.