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Appreciative Twinsburg Bulletin reporter says goodbye

Published: October 18, 2016 1:00 PM

Dear Twinsburg,

This is a very difficult conversation to have, especially when things seemed to be going so well.

For nearly a year, you've been the willing canvas to my imagination, as I helped you and your people come to life in a very public way. I want to thank you for that.

I remember the first time I saw you -- really saw you. Not just as a place to drive through on my way to shop or meet friends for lunch in Solon, Hudson, Macedonia or Streetsboro.

I fell for your beautiful town square -- Township Square, actually -- surrounded by a mishmash of Victorian houses, little shops that have been around forever and Starbucks. I watched as it filled with people honoring your brave, fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. I was surprised by the number of adults, teens and entire families who roamed the Square trying to "catch 'em all" at the height of the Pokemon Go craze.

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Your library became one of my favorite places. In fact, I'm sitting in a quiet room there as I type this letter.

I love that it is such a big part of your community, offering programs for every age through adult -- including fun programs that I would never expect at a library, like cooking and Zumba and sewing.

You showed me your people, and I was amazed at how such diversity could work together for the greater good.

Some seemed leery of me at first, eventually welcoming me, if not always my questions.

And I did have a lot of questions. I questioned your leaders, artists, business owners, teachers, safety forces, parents and even your children. It seems that for everyone I met, I had a new set of questions. And their answers became the colors I used to create sketches of your community.

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As wonderful as it was, it's over, Twinsburg.

I hope that I have given you one-tenth of what you have given me. I hope that I have made you laugh and think, kept you informed, and maybe, occasionally, shed a tear.

Believe me when I say there isn't anything you could have done to stop this day from coming.

You, and your flaws, are perfect.

I love you, Twinsburg.

You will always have a piece of my heart.

Gina


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