I’ll always remember when I first came up here to interview for a job at the St. John Valley Times. It was an absolutely gorgeous August day, with bright blue skies and sunshine. The green hills along Route 11 and Route 1 reminded me of shots of Ireland I’d seen in movies. The sun glinted off the river like diamonds. The amazing welcoming spirit of everyone I met made me feel at home right away.
My first few days reporting I talked to then-UMFK President Dick Cost, Troy Jackson, who was a representative at that time and is now a senator, and then-Community and Economic Development Director John Bannen. Just making this list, to me, shows the passage of time as each of these gentlemen has moved on to other things.
And the time has come for me to move on too. I’ve taken a job downstate to live closer to my parents in Gardiner and my brother in New Hampshire. I’ll be here for another week before moving down, but you know I’ll be back.
My grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins will give me reasons to come back. All of the wonderful people I’ve met during my nearly four years here will give me reasons to come back. And when the tourists descend on the coast of Maine in August, maybe I’ll come back for the peace and the quiet and the beauty of the river and the hills.
I’ll miss you all very much. Thanks for all of the wonderful memories.