While I chose to take over as editor of the Westfield Republican and Sentinel-News quietly, I cannot in good conscience take my leave without saying good bye.
Back in May of 2011, I was offered the position of editor of these two publications. While I did not know quite what I was getting myself into, nor was I sure I would be successful in the position, I decided to challenge myself.
I am very thankful I did.
With the support of many - some colleagues at other local newspapers, others in the communities covered by these newspapers - I believe I have improved both the look and content of these weeklies. While some of my decisions to discontinue certain aspects of the paper may not have been popular, I hope you are able to see my ultimate vision and appreciate the content in their places.
There have been many ups and downs in my 25 months here. From tornadoes and the loss of a local resident to the war in Iraq to the approval of funding for the Barcelona water project and the strong support of a straw poll about the possible merging of Westfield and Brocton schools, there has always been news to report.
I could not have done all of this without the columnists who have been writing in the Westfield Republican and Sentinel-News long before I arrived, and hopefully long after I leave, Joyce Schenk and Elaine G. Cole. Just like many of you, I looked forward to their columns every week, gleaning insight into their lives and thoughts.
I also could not have improved the amount of local news content without the two correspondents I hired and who have been willing to take on the responsibility of covering multiple town, village and school boards. David Prenatt and Dave O'Connor have helped all of us keep up to date about the goings-on in Ripley, Sherman, Chautauqua and Mayville. While I will no longer be around, these two will continue to offer great content and coverage.
In addition, I want to thank my boss Jim Saxton for both the support he offered and freedom he allowed me to have as I got used to my new role and responsibility. And finally, I want to thank Peggy Stravato for bringing a new, positive energy into the office and becoming a close colleague.
This, the July 4, 2013, edition of the papers, is my last. It has been my honor to continue the legacy of these old and historic publications. While the future of my position at these papers is still up in the air, I hope that whoever follows me will do the same. And with that, I take my leave and wish you all peace, light and love.
Westfield Republican and Sentinel-News