Thank you. That is what I want to convey after four-plus years as the managing editor of this fine publication.
Every week you have shared this space with me, as I have weighed in on local, state and national topics of interest. As I have learned more about issues of importance to this area, so have you learned about me - a transplant from Parkersburg, W.Va.
I have written about my background, my family and my passions in life, and I want to thank you for the warm reception I have received from so many in this community.
My husband, Lance, and I have enjoyed our time in the Juniata Valley. It has been a great place to raise our two children, Johnny and Bobby, who now are ages 9 and 6 respectively. They were 5 and 2 when we first moved to the area. They both attended kindergarten and beyond in the Mifflin County School District. I'm grateful to their teachers as well as the administration for the quality education they have received.
This community is an undiscovered gem. I have such a great appreciation for the quality of life here, and the values and opportunities. I also understand the low level of crime that exists here, and the problems that plague other communities that are not prevalent in the Juniata Valley.
No place is perfect, but this area sure comes close.
That is what makes it so hard for me to leave this community to pursue a new career opportunity with Ogden Newspapers Inc. Effective Nov. 3, I will be the executive editor of The Journal in Martinsburg, W.Va.
The search process for a new editor at The Journal has been under way since early September. During that time, I have made multiple trips to West Virginia, and plans have been in motion for me to move into my new role.
The public hasn't seen that interview process take place, and I'm sure that my leaving may seem sudden to some. However, it has been in the works for a while.
My last full day at The Sentinel will be Thursday, Oct. 30.
I will miss all of my loyal readers who have said that this column touches or inspires them in some way. I urge each of you to perform random acts of kindness in the community and to watch how one smile or simple gesture can have a profound impact.
I will miss those with whom I have worked in the community, the public officials who have gone above and beyond to help us accurately and fairly report the news and volunteers who make a difference in our townships and boroughs every day.
I will miss my co-workers and staff, who tirelessly work to produce The Sentinel on a daily basis. This newsroom is full of bright, talented individuals who will continue to put readers, and the local news they want, first. There aren't enough "thank yous" in the world to express my gratitude to the newsroom staff, who are like a close-knit family. Thank you for working with and for me these past few years.
I also want to thank my family, who understands that an editor's job requires time and energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With you, and my faith, everything has been possible.
Thank you, Sentinel readers, for sharing this amazing journey with me. May God bless and keep you in His care.
Heather Goodwin Henline is managing editor of The Sentinel. She may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 248-6741, ext 119.