It was somewhere between calling Belle Brown about the dissolution vote in the village of Camillus, and the first town board meeting with public comment banned in Manlius, that I realized I loved Central New York.
It’s diverse, and offers a bit of everything. The villages are quaint and cute, the towns are full of interesting stories and compelling tales to tell.
It’s a journalist’s dream, really.
I had left Central New York. I stayed in Rochester for about two years after graduation, but came home after, ironically, I lost my first journalism job. Having grown up in Chittenango, I was a Madison County-lover. I never really left the county, except maybe to venture into Fayetteville or Manlius, when I worked at the P&C.
Camillus? Jordan? Downtown Syracuse? Whole new world.
My coverage area spanned most of the county, a straight path through the center starting at the county line where the town of Sullivan meets Manlius, and ending in Elbridge and Jordan. It was a big area to cover. And diverse.
Driving from one end to the other took about an hour, but also provided a look into all walks of life in Central New York. I cherished those long drives, looking into the hearts of each community. I love being a journalist, and I loved covering these communities.
When I came to Eagle, I joined a great team. They’re talented and their heart beats for their communities. They all taught me so much. Managing Editor Jen Wing told me time and time again, “We’re like a family.” It was true -- the people who put the papers together each week aren’t just there for the communities, they’re there for each other. Whether you love Eagle, or hate it, know that the people behind Eagle are fantastic people. You are all so lucky to have been served by them in some capacity.