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Bye neighbours!

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So here it is. One final column before I pack up my responsibilities as Transcona’s community correspondent and hit the road. It was tough decision to let this column go but a necessary one — I’m moving.

The last year and a half has been more rewarding than I could have imagined and I feel privileged to have been able to cover the stories I have.

Whether it was talking with curator Erin McIntyre about things happening at the Transcona Historical Museum, writing about the Transcona Library, about Train Park or writing about some of our local businesses like the Whistle Pig and Thaitations.

I got to voice my concerns about the construction of the new Plessis Underpass, I wrote about L’Arche Winnipeg, the Transcona Food Bank and shared the stories of our everyday Transconians, too. It’s been an amazing ride.

But there’s two stories that particularly stand out to me (and they’re ones that I think I’m most proud of, too). They are "Not just home — Transcona is family," (published on Dec. 5, 2012) and "Don’t believe the stereotypes," (published on Feb. 27, 2013). I feel these two stories really captured what I wanted to achieve when I started writing this column.

I want to sincerely thank everyone who shared their stories with me and the community for all the feedback I received — good and bad. I feel that’s something quite unique to our community newspapers, that they are just that — community — and that they’re not meant just to be read but also shared with each other.

Transcona is growing at an exponential rate. The community is vibrant and booming and with growth comes new businesses, new families and new stories. And where my door (and story) closes, someone else’s opens.

So, that being said, it’s time to pass the torch on to someone else. If you’re interested in being a community correspondent for Transcona I strongly encourage you to email Canstar Community News managing editor John Kendle at john.kendle@canstarnews.com

Our community needs to continue to have many voices. Now news is too big or too small. Because everything that happens in Transcona is important.

Adam Petrash was the community correspondent for Transcona. You can take the boy out of Transcona but you can’t take Transcona out of the boy.

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