Editor bids farewell to The Placer Herald

By: Susan Belknap, Placer Herald Editor
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Change. Some people hate it; others thrive on it. For me, I think I’m kind of in the middle. I enjoy variety but stability has comfort as well. This year however change seems to be the name of the game. In my personal life lots of changes are occurring as a college graduation will take place for one of my daughters this spring and a wedding for her older sister will be held in the fall. Professionally, there will be a major transition for me as I am resigning my position as editor of The Placer Herald and The Press Tribune newspapers and the Granite Bay View magazine. While I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time working for all these publications, after a few decades working in the newspaper industry I am going to explore some other opportunities. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost seven years since I began writing for the Gold Country Media organization where I began with The Roseville Press Tribune newspaper as a freelance writer for the Granite Bay edition. After several years as a freelancer I was appointed editor of The Loomis News newspaper, another GCM publication. In this position I learned a great deal about the workings of a small town and the importance of the press. From Loomis I moved to the editor position in Roseville almost three years ago. Two years ago additional duties for the Rocklin paper were added to my responsibilities. It has been a privilege to have worked in these various communities and there is much about the newspaper world I will miss. Throughout the past few years I have covered a plethora of events and met countless wonderful people. I have discovered Rocklin is a place filled with a spirit and pride that I feel is unique. As a participant a few years ago in the annual Run Rocklin race that benefits the Rocklin Police Officer Matt Redding Foundation, I witnessed firsthand the enthusisuam of the community. Having run in several races in a variety of communities through the years, I have to admit running through Rocklin’s neighborhoods was truly a highlight. All the clapping and cheering as we all jogged past was exhilarating. This is a city that cares. Rocklin residents exude a sense of passion about their city that has been evident in every interview I conducted. I experienced that zeal firsthand writing stories about Measure A, the park tax initiative residents approved last year and meeting with the performers in Rocklin’s annual Shakespeare productions that are held each summer at Johnson-Springview Park. It is amazing to me how the whole troupe devotes so much time and energy to put on such elaborate productions without pay! That is passion. But if there was an award presented to the organization with the most enthusiasm, fervor and energy in Rocklin I would give my vote to the Rocklin Historical Society and the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce. The historical society members are truly amazing with all the time they have devoted through the years restoring Old St. Mary’s Chapel and the volunteer docents who conduct tours at the Rocklin Museum each week. They are all proud of their community, past and present. The people at the Rocklin Chamber, even though they are paid employees and not volunteers, are another group of tireless individuals. From the annual Hot Chili and Cool Cars celebration that takes place in September to the monthly Chamber breakfasts to being a member of Leadership Rocklin, I cannot think of a time at any of these events that I was not warmly welcomed. I thank each and every one of you for making my time in Rocklin so rewarding. But I know the community is in good hands. Lauren Gibbs, our associate editor who has been working out of our office on Pacific Street, will continue to cover all the news in the Rocklin community. Feel free to call Lauren at 774-7981 or send her an e-mail at laureng@goldcountrymedia. com if there’s a story or event you’d like to see published in The Placer Herald.