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It's time to say goodbye to Rocklin

By: Lauren Gibbs, Associate Editor
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As I take on a new job and say goodbye to Rocklin, it’s hard not to look back at all of the stories I’ve covered and people I’ve met along the way. One of my first introductions to Rocklin was the passion people have for the educational community here. It was about two-and-a-half years ago and Rocklin teachers and staff were in heavy dispute with the district regarding their Cost of Living Adjustment. At one particular school board meeting, about 40 people, one by one, stood at the podium and conveyed their comments and opinions to the board. Some were parents, most were Rocklin teachers and students, but everyone’s enthusiasm for education was apparent. Despite my growling stomach and the late-night meeting, it was one of my first indications of what makes Rocklin such a special community. Another memory that will always stay with me is from May 2009, driving to Ruhkala Elementary. It was one of my first visits to the school and it wouldn’t be my last. Staff, students, family and friends gathered to remember Lisa Escott, a kindergarten teacher who lost her breast cancer battle. A pink crepe myrtle was planted that day in memory of her. What I remember most about that day, besides being introduced to the memory of a woman who had such a positive impact on the community, was that Lisa’s husband was open to talking with me even through his tears. He was kind and open to sharing his wife’s legacy during a time when he was experiencing so much loss and sadness – it is something I will never forget. But in the pages of The Placer Herald, I have not only told stories about the loss of a loved one, but also about the giving spirit many Rocklin residents have. Last December marked the city’s first tree-lighting ceremony held on Front Street. It was a volunteer-driven effort that attracted hundreds of residents to the holiday event. While talking to residents in planning mode about the festivities, it was obvious to me the drive many locals have for making Rocklin a destination spot – a place where people not only live and work, but also play. Another all-volunteer endeavor within Rocklin came in the shape of a coffee shop. Origin Coffee & Tea is not only a place to pick up hot coffee, cocoa and pastries, but it also shows how strong Rocklin residents’ spirit for giving is. All proceeds from the shop, after rent and other overhead costs, go directly to fight sex trafficking. When I first heard about the shop and met one of the men behind it, I was amazed. Baristas are unpaid, serving the community not just through cups of coffee, but in raising awareness and funds for those in need. Those are only a few of the many stories that I will remember when I think of my time in Rocklin. The people I have met here have all been so open to sharing their stories with the readers and me and I’m honored that I had the opportunity to tell your stories. Deciding to leave The Placer Herald was not an easy choice, but it’s been made a little easier knowing that Rocklin will be in good hands with the new editor, Gloria Beverage. Gloria served as The Placer Herald editor in the 80s and most recently worked as the editor for the Colfax Record, also a Gold Country Media publication. She has been with the company for more than 20 years and is familiar with what makes Rocklin such a great place to live. Feel free to contact Gloria at 774-7981 or gloriab@goldcountrymedia.com. Thank you for reading.