This week’s paper is my 114th — and final — edition working for the Rappahannock News. Don’t worry about me; I’m off to that other Washington with a freelancing gig.
Before I leave, however, I’d like to take the time to sincerely thank everyone who has helped make my last two-plus years here at the paper possible. In truth, there simply isn’t enough space to adequately list everyone who explained a legal ruling or an obscure section of the county tax code to me, but I’d like to think you know who you are.
There is, however, adequate space for me to thank four people in particular. Thanks to Dennis Brack and Walter Nicklin (and Angel) for taking a chance on a young man straight out of college. Thanks to my editor, Roger Piantadosi, for showing me the reporting ropes, helping me develop my writing and editing skills and being patient as I learned on the fly (and for instilling in me a love of good coffee). Last, but certainly not least, thanks to Jan Clatterbuck for her constant encouragement and all-around (and often unsung) hard work.
I’m positive I wouldn’t have gotten another industry job without the myriad skills I learned here, and for that I’m truly grateful. And so, to all the people who helped me — sincerely, thank you all.