When I joined the Wilsonville Spokesman last spring I did not know the city very well — all I knew was the Family Fun Center and Fry’s (my husband’s favorite store).HALL

Over the course of the last year, however, I have come to know the true community aspect of the city — the people, the businesses, the organizations, the schools and the issues. I have learned of your awesome farmers market, the amazing Kiwanis Kids Fun Run, the summer concerts, Fun in the Park and Wilsonville Festival of Arts.

Wilsonville truly is a community where volunteers step up to help out, neighbors look out for each other and the city thoughtfully plans each step of growth.

Having said this, it is with a heavy heart that I must say goodbye to the community of Wilsonville. As of March 26, I will no longer be the Spokesman editor. But I won’t be too far away. I have the great opportunity to join the neighboring city of West Linn as their citizen engagement coordinator.

While I look forward to my new position, the new challenges and the new issues, I will miss the community. Wilsonville has its own unique identity. Spokesman readers love to call the paper with story ideas, concerns and thoughts and I have enjoyed taking those calls. The city has a band of citizens passionate about the arts and volunteer groups that continually put on fun events for the community.

I will miss the fantastic range of stories I’ve gotten the privilege of sharing with you — from the city stepping up by wrapping trees at Target to prevent further bumblebee deaths to the year of upheaval and recovery of Wilsonville Community Sharing. I’ve met some amazing people along the way and have heard some fascinating stories.

All along the way we have also covered the city’s work to control and manage growth, the work to rebuild the business base and the plans to promote the city as a tourist destination.

I feel the best has yet to come to Wilsonville, and I am sad I will not be here to cover it.

I will also miss the staff of the Wilsonville Spokesman.

Jeff Goodman is one of the best sports editors I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. He enjoys retelling the games, talking to the coaches and — especially — the kids and sharing the photos. When you read a Jeff Goodman story, you can instantly tell he enjoys his work.

No one at the Spokesman knows the community of Wilsonville better than Josh Kulla. He understands the issues, the history and the processes. He is passionate about the city and its people. Josh is dedicated and reliable. And did I mention his photography yet? Josh has a natural talent behind the lens and his photos truly relay the sense of community that is Wilsonville.

Kate Hoots joined the Spokesman team shortly after I did, but she jumped in with both feet and made quick work of delving into the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. She loves sharing the stories of all the fun events happening at all the schools as well as putting in the work it takes to break down larger district issues so readers can understand them. Kate also has a wicked sense of humor and I’m extremely envious of the hedgehog she is currently “baby-sitting.”

Publisher Brian Monihan has always had my back and embraced all my crazy schemes and ideas at the paper. He has always been open to ideas and suggestions and has encouraged my growth and advancement at the paper.

Working behind the scenes, the Spokesman is designed each week by the genius of Mikel Kelly. He has been in the newspaper business for years and is a great source of wisdom and guidance, plus he makes our pages looks pretty.

As for the rest of my office mates with sister papers West Linn Tidings and Lake Oswego Review, I will miss our birthday celebrations, our crazy white elephant gift exchange at Christmas, our happy hours and especially debating the nuances of AP style like the word nerds we are.

Take care out there, Wilsonville, and please be as kind and welcoming to the new editor as you have been to me.

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