As you read this, changes are underway at the Spring Grove Herald.

For those of you haven't heard through the rumor mill, after 11 years and two months, I am departing the Herald.

It's been a long time coming in many ways, as the demands of a managing editor are more than 40 hours a week. With a family and volunteer commitments, it has been hard to balance it all, as many working moms know.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and working to bring out the stories of the community.

I have been lucky to have great staff throughout my tenure that have brought the quality of our paper to the highest levels. We have won 12 state awards and two other media awards during that time!

As I look back, I think of you my readers like a family; we have had our struggles over issues. Different issues have raised letters to the editor and complaints of coverage - from too much to too little. However, just like a family, we have learned to work through those issues and come out on the other side.

This departure means big changes for myself and my family, but rest assured for my Spring Grove community, the Herald will continue on as it has for the last 122 years.

Reporters Marlene Deschler and Craig Moorhead will keep writing, Paul Gray will still be selling ads, Beth Peterson will be running the Spring Grove office, and numerous people in our Spring Valley and Preston offices will be assisting with layout and ad design.

The Herald's publisher and owner, Dave Phillips, will also be overseeing many items that I handled.

And, in the meantime, I will be helping out some behind the scenes to make the transition as smooth as possible until new staff are hired and trained.

Office hours in Spring Grove will remain 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beth will assist you with photocopies, classified ads, subscriptions and more.

I will be coming in as needed to help with print jobs and special projects, so continue to keep the Herald in mind for envelopes, business cards, posters, raffle tickets and all the other special items we have done for you in the past.

Change is always hard, and this change is both exciting and bittersweet. I've learned so much about the community, myself and the newspaper industry during my tenure.

The highs, the lows, the challenges have all helped me grow and put out a better product for you, our loyal audience.

My family and I remain firmly planted in the Spring Grove community, and my new career begins on Thursday at Danielson Insurance Agency in Caledonia.

I will be challenging myself in a new industry and looking forward to reconnecting with friends and business leaders in our neighboring community. I have worked as many years in Caledonia as I have in Spring Grove.

I wish all of you well and look forward to spending more time with my family, volunteering more and learning some new things!