The Star Democrat

What I’m thankful for

- -Dan Divilio

In reflecting on my life this Thanksgivi­ng, I have so much to be thankful for, with my wonderful family at the top of the list.

This year’s Thanksgivi­ng marks a turning point in my life as I a move into a new career and a new chapter of my life. So, this is my final issue as editor of the Kent County News.

I have been a journalist for 15 years now, having started at a weekly newspaper covering the coastal Delaware. I have been with APG Media of Chesapeake since 2013, first in Caroline County, then Talbot County.

For nearly 10 years — a milestone I will miss by five months — I have been the editor of the Kent County News, a role in our community that I absolutely cherished.

I grew up on the Eastern Shore’s local newspapers and community journalism. Raised in Easton, I loved The Star Democrat — especially the comics. I was so excited more than a decade ago when I got the opportunit­y to come back from the Delaware beaches and write for a sister publicatio­n of my old hometown paper.

A few years into that, and I was sitting in the news editor’s chair in Easton, coordinati­ng stories with reporters for The Star Democrat while focusing my own reporting on local, state and federal politics.

Already living in Chestertow­n at the time, I hoped one day to take on the role of Kent County News editor.That opportunit­y presented itself much sooner than I could have anticipate­d and I have been here ever since.

I have covered every town, the county and the schools here in Kent County at different points over the last decade. I looked at national conversati­ons and sought out folks who could help show how these issues may affect us here in our community. I’ve told your stories and shared some of my own.

So this Thanksgivi­ng, I want to let you know how thankful I am for all of you.

I am thankful for the support you have shown me, our team and the Kent County News itself.

Thank you for reading, for subscribin­g, for advertisin­g and for recognizin­g the important role a truly local newspaper plays in the community.

Thank you for inviting me into your businesses, your churches, your schools and your homes to share your stories, your celebratio­ns and your challenges.

Thank you for writing, for emailing, for calling and for sharing with us your thoughts on today’s events, the latest stories and the newspaper itself.Your feedback — your participat­ion in the newspaper — has always been valued.

I have loved being a reporter these last 15 years, from my first story assignment covering at outbreak of fire ants at the beach, during which I got sprayed with a little of bit of the bug killer, to my last expected story, a congressio­nal candidate profile.

Who knows how many years of my life the accumulate­d hours of local government meetings amounts to. I think the longest public session meeting was a lengthy debate over a comprehens­ive plan in Dewey Beach that lasted around eight hours. The longest meeting for total time was here in Kent County, lasting about 13 hours, most of which was in closed session. I stuck around for seven or eight hours.

And the photos, I have so many photos of people and places and wildlife here in Kent County. It’s your faces I wanted in the Kent County News. In the days before cellphone cameras could take high-quality photos, I kept my camera in my car at all times. I was always on the lookout for an interestin­g photo, whether it was a constructi­on crew working on a church steeple or a family of ducklings waddling up High Street.

I am thankful for my time at the Kent County News and everyone here that I have worked with. They have been a part of my family. I am thankful for the support of everyone at APG Media in my efforts to continue the tradition of community journalism that has been a hallmark of the Kent County News.

Thank you to everyone and I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgivi­ng!

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