I remember my first week working at Eagle Newspapers very clearly.
My colleague Ellen Leahy, who at the time was editor of the Skaneateles Press, answered me in a most clever fashion when I asked whose piece of mail I must have inadvertently been given - it was addressed to the religious editor.
With paper and pen in hand, she walked over, crouched down beside me and said, 'Honey, this is you.' Then she listed every hat I would wear each day over the next five years. That list hung on my cubicle wall for a long time. It served as a reminder of how instrumental Ellen was to me - and how grateful I was to her - during my start as a local community newspaperwoman. And may I also recognize my managing editor, Jennifer, who also took me under her "Wing," and helped me acclimate to my new responsibilities. Thank you, Jen.
Being a reporter, an editor, an interviewer, a writer, and a photographer have allowed me to grow in ways I would never trade. I've met extraordinary, beautiful faces among the community, through events both good and challenging. The strength, courage and selflessness I have witnessed among individuals throughout my career as an editor has only heightened my appreciation and sensitivity of what real neighbors are all about: family, love, hope and living out your values and dreams.
On June 27, I'll be laying out my last paper as editor of the Eagle Bulletin. About three weeks later, Tim and I will celebrate our wedding with friends and family, then immediately following, will travel to and throughout Europe for the next six months. While I'm thrilled about our new life and upcoming adventure, saying goodbye to the communities I've served since 2006 does make the change bittersweet. You've become like family to me.