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Leaving Lake Geneva with mixed emotions



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March 14, 2012 | 07:40 AM
"The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving."

Oliver Wendell Holmes

I knew this day would come eventually and I always believed it would be one of the most difficult things I would ever have to do.

After more than seven years as the editor of the Regional News, it is time for me to move on and allow someone else to take over as this newspaper's editor. Accept this as my official goodbye — with sadness, but no regrets.

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My years at the Regional News have been the single greatest learning experience of my life.

The times here also have been some of the happiest I have ever had. It has been quite an adventure since first being hired as a part-time sports reporter in 1999. In the summer of 2000, I was hired as a full-time reporter covering Walworth, Fontana and Big Foot sports. At that time I never would have guessed I would be where I am now after taking over as editor-in-chief in September 2004.

Whether as a reporter or editor, I can confidently say that every week, I have given nothing less than 100 percent to provide all of you the most entertaining and informative newspaper possible.

Along the way, there were mistakes — some big, most minor. There were many changes over the years, awards for coverage and editorials, hundreds of compliments and a proper amount of criticism, but I did it my way and the best I could. And I believe the Regional News is in a much better place than when I took over as editor. In the end, that's all we can do sometimes.

However, instead of looking back, it's time to move on.

Ever since I enlisted in the Army Reserves and traveled for two summers of training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, the military has held a piece of my heart.

It happened the moment I raised my right hand and recited the oath, then again when I put on for the first time the battle dress uniform with my name on the pocket and black leather boots. I have never forgotten one of the proudest moments in my life was as a 20-year-old graduating from basic training as the song "God Bless the USA" sounded all around us in the theater.

But my love of the newspaper industry is equally as strong. So I have found a way to connect both in my new position.

I am heading to Junction City, Kan., home of the Daily Union newspaper and U.S. Army base Fort Riley. There, I will be the managing editor of the five-day per week newspaper and also lead the efforts for the website and be involved when necessary with a nearby weekly and the Fort Riley Post newspaper.

I am looking forward to this change as a new adventure with challenges I probably am not even thinking about right now. Although I look to the future, it won't stop the heartache of leaving the home I have known for the past 13 years — Lake Geneva and the Regional News.

To the entire staff at the Regional News: There have been many laughs, lots of silly jokes, stellar successes, a couple failures and a few tears. Often, the newsroom felt like a dysfunctional family. But know no matter where we go or where we are, we will always be like family. You are the best people I have ever worked with in the newspaper industry.

Thank you for working so hard each and every week to create a great newspaper and website. I learned from each and every one of you more than you will ever know. I only hope you can say the same thing and wish all of you the happiness and fortune you deserve.

To all the friends I have made over the years in the Lake Geneva area: Thank you for your unwavering support — you know who you are. I will forever cherish meeting you, getting to know each of you and being able to call you my friends, always.

I leave all of you with a favorite quote. One that I truly believe in.

"Don't be dismayed at goodbyes, a farewell is necessary before you can meet again and meeting again after moments or lifetimes is certain for those who are friends." Richard Bach

Seiser is the editor of the

Regional News. Her last day is Friday, March 16.

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