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Letter From Your Founding Editor: Farewell, Clawson

Local editor Nicquel Terry reflects on her two years covering Clawson as she begins a new journey in her career.

I remember my first time driving through Clawson in August 2010. My former manager had recommended that I explore the area before I was hired as local editor of the Clawson Patch.

My first impression: a small, quaint town with a nice, walkable downtown area. But I knew there was more to Clawson than just that. I knew there were stories, people and traditions behind the slogan "small town with a big heart." 

It didn't take me long to figure it out. After I , I started attending events and building relationships with residents and key officials. I learned about the issues that mattered most to residents and the hometown heroes that made Clawson a better place. I visited the schools and met the diverse groups of students and walked the downtown area to meet the owners of the local shops. The community welcomed me and the Clawson Patch with open arms.

Your news tips, engagement and feedback all helped the Clawson Patch flourish. You have all made my two years at Patch an exciting adventure. And I hope that in return, I've made your lives ridiculously easier. 

Wednesday Aug. 29 will be my last official day at Patch. I will be moving to New Jersey for a new job opportunity and I'm very excited to start the next chapter of my life.

But just like you remember your first kiss or your first car, I will always remember my first professional job at Patch, and the Clawson community.

Thank you for all of your support.

All the best,

Nicquel Terry

Larry W. August 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Thanks for the great work Nicquel and good luck in your new endevours!
Laura August 29, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Yes, thank you for making a difference in our small quaint community. Good luck!! :-)
carrie chambers August 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Wishing you the best in your new adventures, thank you for all that you have done. Sad to see you go but please keep us posted in your travels!
Eva Joyce Burns August 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Thank you for making a difference in our small community, we will miss your smiling face at all the events. Good luck with your new adventure.
Kevin Turner August 29, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Good Luck Nicquel, I know you'll do very well in all your future endeavors. Thank you for your fair and accurate reporting of Clawson Public Schools. You attended many events and meetings and kept the community well-informed. You have a great work ethic and perform your job with excellence in mind on every article you write. You will be missed!
Penny Luebs August 29, 2012 at 01:58 PM
You leave a legacy of a job well done in Clawson. NJ is fortunate to have your skills, positive attitude and curiosity in the coming years. Thank you for your work and God bless. We will certainly miss you in Clawson.
Greg Kucera August 29, 2012 at 02:06 PM
The little city with a big heart will sorely miss your big smile. Thank you for the great job you did covering city events and best of luck with your career. Greg Kucera Jr.
Mark H. Stowers August 29, 2012 at 02:57 PM
It's been fun working with you, Nicquel! Have fun in Jersey. Who's taking over for you?
Peg McNichol August 29, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Niquel, best of luck in your new adventure!
Kurt Hack August 29, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Good luck, Nicquel. Its been a pleasure reading your coverage, and even responding to my tweets about things around town. I hope that your new gig works out for you in NJ.
Morgan Day August 29, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Best of luck at your new job, Nicquel!
Karen August 29, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Best wishes on your new adventure. Clawson will miss you.
Nicquel Terry (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Thanks everyone! And Mark, we don't have a new editor yet but there will be freelancers covering stories in the meantime.
Beth Reeber Valone August 29, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Best of luck Nicquel! Keep in touch!
Melissa Kalcec Gaglio August 29, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Best of luck, and Thank You for all you've done for our community. We will surely miss your writing and seeing you around!
Kim Wendell August 29, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Good luck in NJ. have a great adventure!
Jennifer M. Cline August 29, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Thank you for the opportunity to work for you. It's been a pleasure getting to know the people of Clawson and working with you. Good luck in NJ! Best of wishes.
anna r. August 31, 2012 at 12:09 AM
as Snoopy once said "one chapter ends and another begins".......thanks for everything............anna r.

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