The first week in November is “International Stress Awareness Week.”

With the first week of this month building up to a major election, it lived up to that designation, but we got through it yet again. We have weathered the signs, the heated debates and the negative ads.

For those of us in the news business, Election Day is an interesting combination of excitement, long hours, boredom waiting for results and stress as we hurry to get those results out to the readers online.

If it is stressful for journalists, we can only imagine how stressful Election Day is for the town and city clerks, and all of the municipal staff members and volunteers who work all day helping people cast their ballots. At the end of the long hours at the polls from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., these local helpers work into the night as votes are counted and results are disseminated to the press, the public, online and sent on to the state.

We are taking a moment at the end of this year’s election cycle to offer a big “Thank you!” to the town and city clerks and all of the others who have taken part in this herculean task for yet another year. You deserve a great deal of credit for the good work that you do.

Without these workers, we could not do our jobs each Election Day.

Beyond that, we also extend our thanks to Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows and her staff including Communications Director Emily Cook. They helped us with a number of questions throughout the election season this year as we navigated the change in local House districts and other issues.

It has been unfortunate to see election officials among those who have come under fire since the trend of election denial has started. It is shameful to make accusations against people who work so hard for their communities, and to do so with no evidence to back these claims.

“Our elections are free, fair and secure,” Bellows said to us earlier this year. “Mainers should be very proud of that.”

We are!

When you stop into your local town office on business, be sure to take a moment to thank your clerk for their efforts.

Are you aware?

It seems like every month we fall behind in reporting on what awareness week or month or day it is.

Sources online list November as Native American Heritage Month, Movember, Diabetes Awareness Month, Epilepsy Awareness Month and National Homeless Youth Awareness Month.

It is also COPD Awareness Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Dercum’s Disease (Adiposis Dolorosa) Awareness Month, Adopt a Turkey Month and Manatee Awareness Month.

On Friday, Nov. 11, the area joined the rest of the nation in celebrating Veterans Day. notes, “In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as ‘the Great War.’

“Commemorated in many countries as Armistice Day the following year, November 11th became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became known as Veterans Day.”

We offer here a belated thank you to the veterans of all wars.

The Courier-Gazette and The Camden Herald editorial board collaborates to comment on topics of community interest.