Tuesday, October 19, 2010  
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Quote of the Week
“I’m very sympathetic toward the Food Bank but I’m not sure this is the best location.”
- John Irwin  
- on the Food Bank’s new   
building proposal   
A Fragile Lens- Nathen Gallagher
There are plenty of things a person could write about, if a person were of a mind to write. By the time this newspaper reaches you, trusty reader, the 2010 municipal election will be over and the new council will be known. We have the Micrex project and the Food Bank's new proposal for a permanent home, among a plethora of other issues I could pull from my sleeve and expound upon.
Instead, I'm going to explain why this will be the last Fragile Lens column I'll get to share with you in the pages of the Pass Herald.
My last day of work at the newspaper will be Friday, October 22, and then I will be moving on after five years and two months of local reporting. The following week my journalism torch will be picked up by Kimberley Massey, a recent journalism graduate who has been working with the High River Times, and who I am sure you will come to know well.
I've been at the Pass Herald longer than many reporters have managed in recent years, but the time has come to move on. I wish that I could tell you with certainty that I'll be moving on to a bigger and more glamorous job, but the truth is that I don't know what I'll be doing yet; all I know is that it won't be here.
The short version of the story, because everyone deserves to hear at least that much, is that I've met a lovely and wonderful lady living in the vast jungles of Calgary. As you might imagine this happy news has resulted in me no longer having the time required to devote to weekend newspaper reporting, and so the Pass Herald and I will be parting ways, mutually satisfied with our time together.
I will be moving away from the community by the end of the month, though I plan to keep an eye on the place and to come back for a visit now and then. Though I've enjoyed my time here and care about the community, I'm not sad to be leaving, and so I hope that none of you will be either, even though I know a few of you have grown at least a little fond of me. Every change has its time, and this is mine.
I've seen a lot in my five-plus years of reporting in the Crowsnest Pass. I've met a lot of people, many of them admirable. I've covered issues across two council terms, from the Albert Stella to the CPR, from the Crowsnest Centre to Spray Lake Sawmills, through two elections and everything between.
 
It's been good. It's been fun. It's been interesting. It's been aggravating. Most of all it's been a pleasure to work with you all, through the good times and the disagreements alike. In the immortal words of Bilbo Baggins, "I don't know half of you as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
The danger of thanking people is that you will forget some of them. Therefore, first I would like to thank all the worthy people I'm about to forget.
Thank you to the team of people I've worked with at the Pass Herald over the years -- to Lisa, Buddy, Gail, Mike, Betty, Willy, Daphne, and Ardyth. You didn't always make it easy, but you always made it interesting, and I'm glad to have known you all.
Thank you to the people who have helped me out over the years by writing articles for the Herald or taking pictures when I couldn't make it -- to John Kinnear, Vyk Harnett, David McIntyre, John Pundyk, Joey Ambrosi, Ritch Braun, Junior and Jocelyn Olsen, Merilyn Liddell, and more.
Thank you to the many people who were always a joy to interview, work with, and talk to, always making my job easier and more enjoyable. I can't possibly name you all, but special recognition over the years to Jenice Smith, Scott Howard, Leslie Margetak, Paul Pichurski, Gordon Lundy, Bonita Bourlon, Josh Heisie and Dave Hvizdos, Wendy Zack, Cliff Reiling, Randy Spencer, Amy Harris, and Joni McFarlane.
Thank you to Gary Taje and Nestor Chorney, the two councillors I've had the most professional respect for even if I didn't always agree with them. Local politics are poorer without you.
Thank you to everyone who has shared a kind word, who returned my calls, who patiently answered my questions. Thank you to everyone who reads and supports the Pass Herald.
So long, and thanks for all the fish.
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