A Time for Reflection, Part 2 of 2
Well this is it my last editorial for the PCT. The rest of the paper has been put to bed and the only thing left is this last piece of the weekly puzzle.
I first want to thank the staff at the PCT and Mandy in Minot; without them this paper could never be put together. The credit for the crisp new creative look of the paper the last few months all goes to Mandy. Her creativity and ability to put our ideas onto the paper is a marvel each week and I thank and appreciate her very much. To Bryce, Ashley and Kristi, thank you for all your hard work and sacrifice to make PCT relevant day-in and day-out, week-in and week-out. Not just in my time as Editor but also in tenures past. None of the success that PCT has had over the years would have been achievable without you. Bryce, I wanted to especially recognize you for your columns and the knowledge of the industry you bring to the table. I will be an avid follower of yours long after I am gone.
I want to thank all the coaches and teachers that have been so accommodating and good to the PCT and myself. I enjoyed working with you and I appreciate all the hard work that you do for the community, your love for the kids and your commitment to excellence. It shows every day on the fields, courts and classrooms.
I want to thank Lori Miron and Dale Niewoehner for being the amateur sleuths along with Rob St Michel, who were instrumental in the popular ‘100 Year Old Haystack Murder’ article. I had a lot of fun writing that article and it would have never come to fruition without all of you.
I want to thank the Rugby City Council and Mayor Geiszler. I have always found them open minded and always trying to strive to make Rugby the best it can be through transparency and cooperation. It was a privilege covering them, especially when they changed the council table so they could govern openly to the public.
I wanted to thank Liz, Phyllis and Candy at city hall. Being neighbors of the PCT I found myself over at City Hall more and more, not just for information but because they are such a joy to be around. The amount of things they accomplish during the day and doing so always with a smile; it is very impressive. I just want you all to know that it doesn’t go unnoticed.
I could go on and on about all the people of Rugby and what a pleasure it was to cover the news here, but there is only so much room and I have three more acknowledgements that I must do. So thank you to you all. I hope you enjoyed my contributions to the paper as much as I enjoyed getting to know all of you.
Now for a few special thank yous. First, to my mom. I want to thank you mom for instilling in me that anything is possible. When I doubt myself or feel alone, I just have to look inside and I see you nestled right by my heart telling me it will be okay you are there for me. You know what, you always have been mom (no matter how average I was). I love you mom and yes as you know I am crying writing this, we are connected, always have been and always will be.
To my brother Donnie, I know I do not say it enough but I love you and I am proud of you. You were always my hero and someone I could look up to. Whether it was on any athletic field or in the classroom you always gave me something to strive towards though I missed the mark many times, I was better because you raised the bar so high. You have always been my protector (ask Sam Hayes) and even when I thought I was big and bad I knew I could have even more bravado because you had my back. Know I love you always.
To Terry my wonderful other and better half thank you for everything. During my move from the PCT apt to the house in Rugby many asked me ‘how it was going’. I shared that each morning when I woke up it seemed like Christmas because all of the things you got done during the night to make this my Rugby home were just wonderful to see when I woke up. Thank you for allowing me to follow my paths even though they took me away from you. Each day that you are in my life and I wake up knowing you are, it is just like Christmas for me.
If you are asking why I felt it was appropriate to thank these people in my last editorial it is simple. I feel I am only the sum of all the wonderful, loving people in my life and whatever good I brought to this job I could have only done it because of them.
To every one of you, my readers, I want to extend a thank you. I will miss writing for the paper, and I will miss being part of this special industry, but I will still be a follower of the PCT as I hope you will as well. And then there was silence..
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