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Goodbye and Thank You, Norcross

What a wonderful trip it has been.

Dear Norcross Patch readers: 

I just wanted to let you know that today is my last day as Editor of Norcross Patch. 

First, I want to thank you for the warm reception. Even when you had no idea what this “Patch” thing was, you allowed me to question you relentlessly, to point my camera at you and to sit in on your meetings, scribbling away. Together, I think we created something pretty awesome.

Now allow me to editorialize just a bit. When I used to work at Dominick’s over 10 years ago (yes, that’s why you recognize me) there was not much going on in downtown Norcross. Taste of Britain, the Station Café and the then-Norcross Tavern were surrounded by empty shop fronts. 

I now walk down the streets of downtown daily and see so much life. There’s mariachi music coming from Zapata, people basking in the sun with their dogs outside Mojito’s, young professionals tapping on their laptops outside 45 South and screams of kids coming from Thrasher. Downtown Norcross is a story of revitalization done right—and I have been proud to cover a place with so much energy. 

Now, I can say with 100 percent confidence that the reason all of this happened is the incredible dedication of the people who live here. This is a community that can produce hundreds of volunteers at 5 a.m. for an Art Fest. Easy.

Likewise, as a somewhat-outsider coming in, I was impressed with the openness of the city government and other community leaders. The first time I called Mayor Bucky Johnson and told him about Patch, he said, “Come on over to my office.” Whether it has been a Councilmember or Community Garden organizer (that’s you, Connie!), you've returned my calls and helped me do my job better.

Even as I leave for other opportunities, Patch lives on. While the hunt for a perfect editor is underway, please contact Guest Editor Sarah Bakhtiari (sbakhtiari1@gmail.com) with any news tips or questions. 

Thank you again for our time together,

Laura Sullivan 

Steve Burns (Editor) February 03, 2012 at 02:06 PM
You did a great job, Laura. Best wishes.
Connie Weathers February 03, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Thanks for creating one of the best Patches around. Continued success in your new endeavors, Laura.
Kevin Madigan (Editor) February 03, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Sorry to see you go, Laura! Keep in touch and good luck.
Theresa Waldrop February 03, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Best of luck, Laura! Keep in touch.
Sally Toole February 03, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Missing you already! Best of luck in your futrure work!
Donna Lang February 03, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Best wishes on your new adventure, they are lucky to have you!
Lauren February 03, 2012 at 05:15 PM
We love you Laura! The best is yet to come!
Laura Sullivan February 03, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I really appreciate all of your well wishes!!
Christopher Mattison February 03, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Best of luck on your next adventure :)
Joy L. Woodson February 03, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Awwww. Sad Face. :( But, best of luck in your new gig!
Scott Bernarde (Editor) February 03, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Thanks for everything you did for the Norcross community.
Arlene P. Beckles February 03, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Laura, I wish you the continued success and good luck with your new endeavor. As Connie mentioned...thank you for making the Norcross Patch one of the, if not the best Patch!
Sharon Swanepoel February 03, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Will miss you Laura. I enjoyed sharing the Patch team with you. I guess I might have to tackle "Pam" on my own now!
Chuck Warbington February 03, 2012 at 09:45 PM
You will be missed. You have put a little faith back into journalism for me that there really are good folks in the media. Hate to see you go.
LilZ February 03, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Good luck Laura!! We will miss you but wish you all the best!!
Linda Dib Wohlbach February 04, 2012 at 03:52 PM
God be with you! You have been awesome.
Splash Festivals February 04, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Someone will have some big shoes to fill! We'll miss you!
Deb Wilson Harris February 06, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I will miss reading your articles with my morning coffee! Best Wishes on your future endeavors!
Ground Chuck February 09, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Best wishes Laura! You will be a success whatever you choose! We'll miss your smile and warm personality. Hope you either find something close by or at least come visit occasionally. Everyone knows your name now! : )

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