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So Long... Farewell

October 22, 2013 - Liz Skoczylas
After three years of working for The Post-Journal, I am extremely sad to inform my readers that Friday will be my final day. Monday, I begin a new venture.

I have talked before about the tattoo I have on my wrist, which reads, in Polish, "What's meant to be will be." To me, it's interesting how the choices I made three years ago when I moved back to Jamestown lead me to my current opportunity.

Leaving The Post-Journal is hard, though. In the years I've worked here, I have met some great people who work in this building. As a reporter, I have met some of the most amazing individuals who are working to make changes in our community. I have had many interesting opportunities, great conversations and tasty meals thanks to this job. I have learned more about politics and policies as a reporter than I did in any classroom. And I have enjoyed every second of it.

I have kept a folder in my email called "Love Letters," where I have saved all of the nice notes people have sent me over the years. When I started in the newsroom, I was the education reporter. Many of the early emails are from teachers and parents, thanking me for an article or picture, or telling me they enjoyed something I wrote. After about a year, I moved to the city reporting position, where I once again received emails from readers telling me they enjoyed an article or learned something new about Jamestown. For the last year, I have been the county beat reporter, and have been saving emails regarding the county.

I also have a folder in my desk drawer, filled with letters and cards from people who have taken the time to send their thoughts via snail mail. I have three of those that really stand out. The first is a postcard from Washington Middle School's Mrs. Lefford and the WMS Builder's Club. The second is a card signed by Falconer Cub Scout Pack #173. I particularly love this card, because two of the cubs are named Joe and Joey... and they were sure to write "different" on the card, so I knew they were two people. Finally, I received a card from the Jamestown Moose Lodge 1681, thanking me for an article. One of the members made me laugh by signing a line instead of his name, and leaving a note that he was pouting, because I had accidentally omitted his name in the article.

The emails and cards have meant so much to me over the years. When I'm having a bad day, or articles aren't coming together like I want them to, or a story is falling through... Or I have the misfortune of covering terrible news, such as a fire, accident or murder... Those nice words are what I have reached for. I am thankful that there have been more nice letters coming through over the years than nasty letters, although I have received my fair share of those as well.

And so, as I wind down my last few days, I want to say thank you to the readers of The Post-Journal. Thank you for reading -- and commenting -- on my articles. Thank you for your feedback. And, most of all, thank you for all of the kind words you have provided me over the years.


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