My wife and I after Perrysburg High School's first ever home playoff game this fall.
This will be my last blurb from the ’Burg. Beginning Monday, I will start covering suburbs to the north and east of Toledo. Just a reassignment.
I can’t say how much I enjoyed learning how Perrysburg operates and, more importantly, meeting the people of Perrysburg for the past two years. Harrison Rally Days, Yellow Jackets football, and the Farmers Market have shown what a vibrant community it is. It is eye-opening to see the community support each other through those venues.
It only took two years here for my wife, Sarah, and I to consider Perrysburg our home.
I came here initially knowing Perrysburg only as the place from which I turned the car from U.S. 23 onto I-75 to visit my grandparents in Findlay. Now, I see Perrysburg as a place I want to see my future children grow up and eat at Mr. Freeze, check out books at Way Public Library, and fish in the Maumee River. They may even be silly enough to swallow goldfish as seniors at Perrysburg High School, unless their mother has anything to say about it.
I can’t thank sources enough for dealing with me the past two years. I had to be a pest at times, perhaps calling for comment for a story at the worst of times. I talked and wrote about things people didn’t always want to share. I also enjoyed sharing courageous stories.
As a young reporter, I had some growing pains here, but I appreciated patience and understanding with me. From now on, when you see me in Perrysburg, it’ll just be as a husband and “local.”
Thanks for sharing your stories and town with me in the ’Burg. RoNeisha Mullen will be taking my role in covering the Perrysburg area and more for The Blade. She is an established and valuable reporter who has been with The Blade for four years, writing feature stories. Story ideas and everything else in Perrysburg can be shared with her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for welcoming Sarah and I into the community. It has been a fun two years.