All good things must come to an end. For the past three years this community has welcomed me with open arms. Thank you for that. Whether it was at a Board of Education meeting, school function, one of the many packed P&Z hearings, or just an interview for a feature\/news story, the people of Shelton embraced me and I am forever grateful. I remember my first day on the job, spilling my lunch all over my shirt, driving through the city aimlessly and being introduced to many of you for the first time. From that day until now I have subconsciously compared this community to where I grew up in New Haven. It\u2019s different in so many ways. I\u2019ve grown to admire the pride people take in this city, their sports, academics and overall reputation. I love the amount of energy and time that parents here spend with their children, ensuring that their education is top notch and they are safe at all times. Although, these are things that are common in many communities, \u201cthe Shelton way\u201d has a special feeling to me. I\u2019ve worked with two superintendents, covered three graduations and have reported on two mayoral races. Although the city\u2019s mayor has been the same for nearly 28 years, I have had the opportunity to see the city transform in my short time here. From the life that\u2019s being refueled into the downtown area via new developments and community events, to the district\u2019s effort to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic through the creation of a community coalition, much has changed. I couldn\u2019t ever forget the experiences I\u2019ve shared with two community members who passed away, former P&Z member Frank Osak and former Superintendent Tim Walsh. Both men, who were completely invested into the city of Shelton, inspired me to live life to the fullest and become a better person. During my three years here, it feels crazy writing that it\u2019s actually been that long, I have learned a lot. This being my first \u201creal job\u201d out of college was an eye opening experience to say the least. To all of those students that just graduated high school and are preparing for the next step in their journey, be optimistic and open minded. To the students that just graduated college and that may not have secured a job at this time, keep your head up and stay positive. But at the same time, don\u2019t sit around and wait for opportunities, create them. There\u2019s a million ways that I could describe my time covering Shelton, but I choose to describe it as \u201cfulfilling.\u201d The challenge of being thrown into a community that you\u2019ve barely been exposed to can be a challenge, but I lucked out and was placed with all of you \u201cShelton-ians.\u201d One of the only things that I will not miss about this city, is the terrible 5 p.m. traffic on Bridgeport Avenue. We can only hope that Shelter Ridge can\u2019t make it much worse, right? The next step in my journey will be covering the neighboring town of Easton for the Easton Courier. Thank you for everything. \u2014 A.B.