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June 5, 2007 > To the editor, staff and loyal readers of the Tri-City Voice:

To the editor, staff and loyal readers of the Tri-City Voice:

This week's edition of TCV will present, no doubt, more of the quality content and attractive design we've all come to expect. It will also include what will probably be my final byline in this paper. I am writing to express my profound gratitude to all of you who allowed me the privilege of reporting on the life and times of the greater Tri-City area.

My decision to leave the paper and relocate to Oregon was not an easy one. From the day I first met Bill and Sharon Marshak, I felt an overwhelming desire to affiliate with them and TCV in any capacity they wished of me. I felt honored when they asked me to join their staff and that sense of honor remains. Only the chance to pursue my dream of writing books could have compelled my decision to leave TCV.

It is hard to believe that only 14 months have passed since that day I walked into their offices in Irvington. Life for me became a whirlwind of research, reporting, and editing, all seasoned with large measures of meeting many wonderful individuals and reporting on their activities and organizations; not to mention working sometimes seven days a week - eagerly - with their talented staff. Each and every Tuesday of the year, those dedicated employees produce and distribute a paper that is at once superior and unique. I know of no other publication like it in the country.

A big part of that uniqueness is the Marshak's firm commitment to local content; or as their magazine so aptly proclaims, "What's Happening" in the greater Tri-City area. Sadly for me, their dedication to local content precludes me from contributing future articles, it's pretty tough to cover local stories from 400 miles away! So, resigning was my only option when my present situation became available.

"Thank you for the memories," I say as I bid a fond farewell. I shall always treasure those days of people met, stories written and papers published. Carry on, Mr. Editor and staff. May your tribe increase.

Steve Warga
Rogue River, OR

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