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So Long, Troy, and Thanks for All The Memories

On my last day as editor of Troy Patch, I'm taking a moment to say thank you and look back at all that's happened in the past year.

No one will argue the past 12 months or so have been a wild ride here in Troy.

Right before I took over as editor last December, Troy residents elected a new mayor. Many residents didn't like Janice Daniels, so they recalled her on Nov. 6. Then, a new mayor was sworn in, and then another one three days later.

Now, residents are gearing up for a special election to vote for another new mayor in May while Council recently welcomed a new member to its ranks.

And Patch was there, from being the first news source to break the story of Janice Daniels' viral anti-gay Facebook status more than a year ago to covering the judge's decision last week to order a May 2013 special election to replace Daniels – and everything in between.

But it hasn't just been politics thrusting Troy into the regional and national spotlight over the past year.

There was a murder, tragic and gruesome. We covered it starting the minute Troy Police announced Patrick Mikes was missing. I helped search for his body in the woods and corn fields of Montrose Township (and came within 30 feet of finding it). When Troy Police charged Mikes' son with his murder, we were there.

Then there was construction of the Troy Transit Center, which was nearly stopped in its tracks a year ago by a split vote on City Council. Members of council then compromised and came together to approve a scaled-back version of the original design. Just last month, the city broke ground on this project.

And while Troy has made headlines for controversial things over the months, there are also very many positive things bringing Troy into the spotlight, too. Earlier this year, the city was named one of the nation's top 100 best small cities in which to live, and it was again named the safest small city in the Michigan (and 19th safest in the entire country).

It is obvious that there is a lot of good happening in the community of Troy, too. From neighbors who take time to serenade a mother with cancer to the numerous organizations like Troy People Concerned that help people in need in the city, there is so much good happening in the city that it's all but impossible to cover it all. It warms my heart to see it, and it makes me proud to have been at least a small part of it.

Yes, I've covered just about every "beat" in this great community, and though I've had a blast working here and getting to know all the city council members, city administrators, residents and, of course, the absolutely wonderful readers of Troy Patch, it is time for me to move onto a position that will also let me concentrate more on the most important thing in my world: My 7-year-old son.

I sincerely thank each and every one of you for helping Troy Patch to become in a year what is, without a doubt, Troy's best source for news and information for the community. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve as editor of Troy Patch, and I look forward to watching it continue to grow from afar.

Thank you for welcoming me into your community, and thank you for all the memories. And please, do not hesitate to contact me at jenanesi@gmail.com if you should need anything.

Merry Christmas. :)

Jen Anesi
Troy Patch Editor, 12/2/11-12/21/12

Note: While Patch works to find a new editor for Troy Patch, please direct all questions, concerns and news tips to fill-in editor Kristen Skladd (kskladd17@hotmail.com). You may also email troypatch@patch.com.

Lamberts Online December 21, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Thank you Jen! Best of luck in your new career. Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Lucille Musser Arking December 21, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Thank you J
Lucille Musser Arking December 21, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Thank you Jen . You served Troy well . have happy holidays and good luck in your career . We will miss you at patch news .
Jeff S. December 21, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Best of luck in the future, Jen!
ExTroyGal December 21, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Jen, you are really going to be missed for your intelligence, compassion, impartiality and, of course, your excellence in journalism. Best wishes to you on your adventures. I can't imagine they could be as wild a ride as Troy has been in your one year at Troy Patch. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!
B. Yaldo December 21, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Job well done, Jen! Thank you, and good luck.
Lianne Mathie December 21, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Thank you and Merry Christmas:)
Cindy Stewart December 21, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Jen The City of Troy and I will miss you! You have been a great reporter covering our community! Good luck in your future endeavors. Keep in touch. Happy Holidays to you and your family.
Tim McGee December 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Thank you Jen for all your support to the city and the citizens. Even though you served in onbe of the "other" services, you exhibited the Marine "Can Do" philosophy. Semper Fi and good luck in all of your future endeavors!
Kristen Skladd December 22, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Good luck, Jen! You have done Troy proud and will truly be missed!
Ann Erickson Gault December 22, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Good luck Jen. Hope you enjoy your new job
Cathy Fucinari December 22, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Good Luck, Jen! Thanks for all of your work, and keeping the citizens of Troy informed of the facts, so that they had no excuse to rely on rumors! Sorry to see you go, but wishing you the best!
Bob Cornwall December 22, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Jen, It's been great working with you this past year. We've dealt with a lot of "stuff" this past year. Be blessed in what comes next.
Toby Gosselin December 22, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Jen, You leave huge foot prints in Troy and will surely be missed ! Congratulations to you and your darling son. Best wishes and success will follow you. Merry Christmas and THE BEST to you in 2013 :)
Dale Murrish December 22, 2012 at 02:12 PM
You have helped me improve my blog writing with short paragraphs and headings. Thanks for giving me the chance to publish my ideas. All the best in your new endeavors - hope you find something with less 24/7 pressure that gives you more breathing space. Troy seems to burn out Patch editors quickly! Kevin Elliott didn't stay long either. Merry Christmas and all the best in 2013!
Kelly C. December 22, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Well done, Jen. Merry Christmas!
John December 22, 2012 at 05:31 PM
What you mean is she wrote whatever you told her to then......
Troy High Colt Bands December 22, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Thanks for your support of the Troy Colt Bands!
Margaret Jewell December 23, 2012 at 02:19 AM
We have really enjoyed everything on the Patch. Thank You. Best wishes for your future, wherever it may be.
Nicquel Terry December 24, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Time for new beginnings! Good luck with your career, Jen. It was a pleasure working with you during my time at Patch. You did an awesome job.
R Jeppostol December 27, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Thanks Jen! It really was a pleasure reading your stories!
Larry Fuller January 05, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Thank you Jen! You were an angel to the residents, always first to be on top of breaking news. Always a kind word for everyone! Best wishes for your future!
Don Mikes January 16, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Thank you for your factual and sensitive coverage of the murder of my brother Patrick, as well as your help in searching for him. Best of luck in the future. Don Mikes

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