This isn’t good­bye; it’s just ... see ya later.

The Dundalk Eagle - - OPINION - By NI­COLE ROD­MAN nrod­[email protected]­

I don’t think I’m quite ready for this, but here goes.

This marks my last col­umn in my last is­sue as edi­tor of The Dun­dalk Ea­gle.

You will be left in good hands. I will let the new edi­tor in­tro­duce her­self in her way and her time, but she has a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in com­mu­nity jour­nal­ism and will be, I am con­fi­dent, an en­gaged ad­vo­cate for Dun­dalk and its res­i­dents.

In the mean­time, my trusty col­leagues Gianna DeCarlo and Bill Gates will keep things run­ning smoothly as I move on to new ad­ven­tures.

I would like to thank Gianna for be­ing the rock here at the Ea­gle of­fice. She is smart, wickedly funny, kind and makes hang­ing out around the of­fice a plea­sure. She is the glue that holds the Ea­gle and Av­enue to­gether, and I will miss work­ing with her.

Next, I would like to thank Bill. Since I walked through the doors to write obit­u­ar­ies and an­nounce­ments nearly nine years ago, he has been a great col­league and friend. Bill is smart, loyal, kind, per­cep­tive and the un­par­al­leled at his craft. I have been for­tu­nate to work with Bill and will miss see­ing him ev­ery day.

I would also like to thank Ja­son O’Neill, se­nior ac­count ex­ec­u­tive ex­traor­di­naire, for all he has done to keep his grand­par­ents’ vi­sion a re­al­ity. As the grand­son of Ea­gle founders Kim­bel and Mary Oelke, Ja­son has kept the Ea­gle true to Mr. Oelke’s orig­i­nal in­tent. I will miss work­ing with him as well.

Thanks also to my re­porter Char­lene Mayo for all of her hard work and will­ing­ness to tackle any topic — from Trade­point At­lantic to wild pigs in Edge­mere. She is an as­set to the pa­per and com­mu­nity, and I wish her all the best.

I send my thanks and well wishes to ad rep­re­sen­ta­tives Linda Mrok and Pam Spit­tel and my pub­lisher, Art Cro­foot, who have also been in­stru­men­tal in my suc­cess and that of the pa­per.

I would also like to thank those Ea­gle col­leagues that have al­ready moved on, most es­pe­cially my edi­tor and men­tor Steve Ma­trazzo.

Steve took a chance on me, giv­ing me a shot at my dream job and teach­ing me ev­ery­thing I needed to know to suc­ceed. The knowl­edge and wis­dom he im­parted to me — ev­ery­thing from AP style to his “Hawai­ian shirt the­ory of man­age­ment” (both of which I use on a daily ba­sis) — guide me will con­tinue to do so. I am lucky to count him as a close friend and men­tor.

I would also like to thank for­mer pub­lisher Deb Cor­nely for giv­ing me the chance to work here and for be­ing so sup­port­ive to all of her staff. Deb set a high bar for how a boss should treat her em­ploy­ees, and I will al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate what she has done for me.

There are so many to name, and I know I will ne­glect to men­tion some, but I would be re­miss if I did not also thank for­mer Ea­gle pho­tog­ra­pher/web­mas­ter Roland Dorsey for his guid­ance and friend­ship.

And last — but cer­tainly not least— thank you, read­ers, for al­low­ing me into your homes and of­fices for these years. I fully re­al­ize what a priv­i­lege it has been. Dun­dalk is and will al­ways be my home. I am a Dun­dalk girl down to the DNA and will con­tinue to be so, no mat­ter where I may go or what I may do.

This may be see ya later, but it is not good­bye. I will be around, even if it isn’t on the pages of this fine pa­per.

I love and will miss you all.

Opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the writer and do not rep­re­sent the opin­ion of The Dun­dalk Ea­gle or Adams Pub­lish­ing Group.

Me in the Ea­gle in sec­ond grade, circa 1992.

Fun with my daugh­ter (clock­wise from top left) Ella, hus­band Mike and friend Clarence at Dun­dalk Con­certs at the Park.

En­joy­ing for­mer Ea­gle pho­tog­ra­pher Roland Dorsey’s Full Cir­cle jazz trio at Costas Inn with Ea­gle as­so­ciate edi­tor Bill Gates.

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