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It’s Time to Say Goodbye, and Thank You

It’s my last day as editor of Land O’ Lakes Patch. The experiences over the last 11 months have made me love my hometown even more.

What a wild ride!

When exactly 11 months ago, I had no real idea what I was getting into. The mission was clear and honestly pretty simple: introduce this little website to the community and make sure it contained the news you cared about.

What I didn’t know was just how active my hometown had truly become. Since Day One, Land O’ Lakes has kept me hopping with incredible stories about students doing great things, crazy crimes, government, business and more. You have welcomed me into your homes and your lives and shared your stories both good and bad.

As an almost-native Laker, it’s been my pleasure to spend the last 11 months getting to know you better. I can honestly say the experiences we’ve been through together will stick with me always.

In our time together, I’ve been able to witness the , see dazzle an entire school of students, parents and teachers, about your concerns and more. We’ve rallied together to and we’ve .

Now, it’s time for me to say goodbye. Today is my last day as editor of Land O’ Lakes Patch – but I won’t be going too far away. I’ll still be living here, raising my children here and enjoying everything that makes this community so darn special. I’ll still be working for Patch, too, just in a new role helping with this site and a few others that have made a splash in the Tampa Bay area over the past year.

It is my pleasure to hand the keys over to Keli Sipperley, the new editor of Land O’ Lakes Patch. She’ll introduce herself to you tomorrow, but in the meantime, I am pleased to say she has the same passion and drive for local news that makes me tick. She’s also left-handed like me, has a quick wit and is horrible when it comes to eating with chopsticks, but that’s another story.

It is my sincere hope that you welcome Keli with open arms – just like you did me. I know she’s going to do an amazing job making Land O’ Lakes Patch an even more relevant and integral part of your life. You can reach her at Keli.Sipperley@patch.com with your story ideas, questions, ideas and concerns.

No matter who’s at the helm, Land O’ Lakes Patch isn’t about us – it’s about you. This site belongs to the Land O’ Lakes community as much as it does any of us here at Patch.

With that in mind, I know I’m leaving this site in very capable hands – yours!

Thank you again for an amazing 11 months. I’ve been honored and humbled to serve this community I’ve called home just about my entire life.

Sam Ward November 16, 2011 at 11:51 AM
Great job, Sherri.
Lisa A. Davis November 16, 2011 at 01:12 PM
Congratulations, Sherri!!!
Marianne Castiglia November 16, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Congratulations Sherri... thanks for what you've done with the Patch.. I always enjoy it even though I'm on the other side of Pasco... Pasco is Pasco. :-) Looking forward to The LOL's Patch with Keli.
Sherri Lonon November 16, 2011 at 02:32 PM
Thank you all very much!
Sandy Graves November 16, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Well, you are still on my contact list and as a fellow Laker, I expect you to rally to our causes : ) Congratulations and job well done Sherri. See you at Traditions...in fact we need volunteers if you are available!
Rene Van Hout November 16, 2011 at 03:31 PM
See you around town!!! :o)
lonnie November 16, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Oh No Say Its Not SO...Best of luck in what ever position you be see yourself in..stop in and see us some time..
Mary Ann Carroll November 16, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Sherri, It was my pleasure to meet you and work with you for about 6 months when the Patch started in Land O Lakes. I wish you much luck in your future endeavors. Whatever you chose to do you will be successful. Best of Luck..and enjoy the holidays. Mary Ann Carroll Prudential Tropical Realty
ron day November 16, 2011 at 05:20 PM
As I said on your Facebook page earlier today: Congratulations, Sherri! You have been a delight to work with over the last 11 months. Your interest in and support of our community has added to our spirit. Thanks for keeping us informed, amazed, motivated, and encouraged about Land O Lakes.
Andy Warrener November 16, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Was a pleasure working with you. Looking forward to continuing to.
Ken Copeland November 16, 2011 at 09:20 PM
Dear Sherri, Yes, it has been an intresting endevour,. You have done a supper job with a fresh breath of reason I know I have enjoyed, and believe the community has as a whole. Goodluck Kid...
Sherri Lonon November 16, 2011 at 10:42 PM
Thanks again everyone! I look forward to serving this community and others in my new role with Patch. I know you're going to enjoy working with Keli - she's fantastic! Sandy, you can put me down to volunteer at Traditions. Just let me know when to be there! :)
Cherylann Bellavia November 17, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Sherri - I enjoyed working with you so much and all the encouragement you gave me and all that I was able to learn from you. Blessings on all that you do in the future!
Elaine Trotter November 17, 2011 at 06:33 PM
Sherri, you will be missed. Thank you for your contributions to our community. Wishing you nothing but the best in your next chapter of life. May it be a great adventure.
Tracey Suits November 18, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Sherri, you will be greatly missed. It was a great joy working with you "virtually" as the Patch editor. Know that you have left behind a wonderful legacy!
Leah Fox November 18, 2011 at 03:08 AM
Sherri, you've done an awesome job! Best wishes in your new position!
Lilly Fontanez November 18, 2011 at 11:45 AM
Thank you Sherri for all your support with American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Land O Lakes and sharing our Team events. It was great finally meeting you at Striking for a Cure, but don't forget to come see us at Concert for a Cure in Feb. Good Luck and God bless you in all you do. Happy Holidays.

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