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Inky Fingers: Thanks for the memories

There is a time for everything under the sun – including change – and I am embracing it.

After 7-1/2 years as Pine River Journal editor, I’m leaving the newspaper business and embarking on a new career.

As I reflect back on my time at the Journal, I’m humbled by all the opportunities I have had to get to know the community.

I’ve learned about so many things, met so many different people, and experienced more than I ever expected.

I’ve covered joyful stories, heartbreaking stories and everything in between.

I appreciate the many people who have helped me, guided me and challenged me. I’ve been so fortunate to have had such great coworkers over the years, and I’m indebted to them.

The Journal has been so much more than a “job,” to me. I’ve poured a lot of heart into its pages every week. At one time or another, blood, sweat and tears have been involved. (And, yes, I’m counting my innumerous paper cuts over the years as “blood.”)

I’ve come a long way from my first day of work in May 2005. At that time I was a transplant to the community; I hadn’t even heard of Pine River prior to moving to the area and joining the Journal staff. It didn’t take long for me to learn about the rich history the Journal has had in the community for the last 77 years! I had the great pleasure of meeting Amanda (Clark) Amy early on and learning of the Amy family’s contributions to the Journal. My predecessor, Chris Lupella, spent seven years with the Journal and left big shoes for me to fill. I hope I have done the Journal justice.

I have kept track of my articles and photo spreads for the last 390-some issues of the Journal. Believe it or not, faithful readers will have seen my byline some 1,300 times.

I want to thank the community and all of our readers for their support, encouragement and constructive criticism over the years. While I won’t be “with” the Journal anymore, I’ll still be living in the community and enjoying all it has to offer.

I hope that readers will continue to support Echo Publishing: the Pine River Journal, Lake Country Echo, Echoland-Piper Shopper and There are a lot of great, dedicated people who work so hard to provide print and online products for this area. Transitions can be bumpy and challenging, but I hope that readers will show patience with change, and enthusiasm for the Pine River Journal for years to come.