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