Gentle readers, starting next week there will be a changing of the guard here at the NEWS of Delaware County.

It is with a sad heart I announce that my last day here at the NEWS will be on Friday, Jan. 8.

Three of my fellow editors from the Delco News Network; sports editor Joe Arcidiacono, Springfield Press and Collage editor Amy Winnemore and Arts and Life editor Margie Royal will also be finishing their work here as of Jan. 8.

The change in staff reflects a greater restructuring of the newspapers to improve our efficiency and we will continue to report your stories through the NEWS of Delaware County, Springfield Press, County Press and the Town Talk newspapers.

My hope and good wishes go with those who will be working hard to bring you that news.

As managing editor, I’ve got a pretty good view now of a newspaper career that has spanned a whopping 30 years.

When I began at the NEWS in 1985, we were still using typewriters and that strange correcting concoction, Wite Out. (Kids, you might have to ask your parents or grandparents what the heck I’m talking about).

The newsroom at the former district courts in the Manoa Shopping Center was crowded with people. In my early days, reporters worked with typing stands, not desks, and faced each other like a pair of bookends.

There was no e-mail, of course. Stacks and stacks of press and photo releases came in by regular mail which we were expected to retype for publication in the paper.

I was pretty sure they would fire me after a huge pile of releases placed on a window sill were picked up by a gust of wind and scattered all over the Manoa Shopping Center, but my bosses at the time gave me a compassionate reprieve.

I cut my journalism teeth in Haverford Township where I served for 10 years as their reporter. Those experiences working with the residents and officials of the town allowed me to grow as a person and as a journalist. If I haven’t said so before, thank you for allowing me into your homes, for trusting me to tell your stories and for educating me when I needed it.

I’m equally grateful to all of our readers who have taken the journey with us through the years. Your loyalty, your input and your contributions have helped immeasurably to make this newspaper better and I thank you.

There has been a massive change in the newspaper industry as we adapt almost daily to the onslaught of the internet, social media, the digital universe and a changing readership.

What has not changed through the decades are the dedicated souls that work our newsrooms.

I have been blessed with friends and co-workers at this paper that have put their whole being into making sure the stories get told. These folks have spent countless hours, well into the night, to get the job done.

Reporters, correspondents, photographers, editors all, I am so proud of you and grateful that I’ve had a chance to work with each of you. Thank you for being there when I needed you and for making me look good!

To all my current news workers: Amy, Anne, Cathy, Chris, Fran, Frank, Joe, Kevin, Lois, Margie and Peg, it has been a pleasure and an honor to work with you all.

My thanks also to Anna, Betty Lou, Dianne, Joanne, Karen, Linda, Olga, Rich Crowe and Rich Cutler, Rose, Tom and Tony for putting up with my idiosyncracies and offering a sympathetic shoulder and guidance when I’ve needed it…and for making us feel welcome when the NEWS moved in with Town Talk way back in 2009.

A big thanks as well to my past mentors and managing partners: Brigette, Joan, Donna, Len and June and to all the journalists I’ve had the privilege to have known and worked with over the years. The list goes on but space does not permit…

Even as my job as managing editor comes to an end, I hope that the relationships and friendships forged at and through this newspaper will continue. And for those of you so inclined, please feel free to ‘friend’ me on Facebook.

I thank you all for taking this journey with me. The ride this past 30 years has been exhilarating. May the future be equally rewarding.

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