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May 16, 2011 - Erin O'Neill
• So the end of the school year is fast approaching. Hard to believe I'll be sending my baby through the doors of her kindergarten class only six more times. It has been an eventful year - a year full of hard lessons and of new memories. I couldn't be prouder of my child, but where has the time gone? Obviously summer break is just around the corner. Did you check out the story in this weekend's Times about summer camps? It's not too late to sign your child up for one of the numerous exciting programs offered locally. Read the story here:

• I wear a lot of hats here at The Times but one job I have only been doing about five months, and one that I absolutely love, is editor of Graffiti magazine. It's a free alternative paper that is available mostly all over West Virginia and a couple locations here in Marietta. The June issue is coming out next week and will feature a listing of summer events, festivals, concerts, etc. So check out the red boxes on Putnam Street and Second Street and become a regular fan of Graffiti. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

• The last thing I want to blab about is something that I rarely ever do: pat myself on the back. I recently won an Associated Press of Ohio first place award for this very blog. I can't remember the last time I won an award for anything. It was probably for band in high school or maybe even farther back to an elementary art show award. This award is important to me because it recognizes my ability to communicate in an informal way. My blogs are kind of cathartic for me, when I get a chance to write them. So to be honored for writing about things that I find interesting and are important to me is really something. I also want to congratulate the others in my category - including our own Art Smith - and my coworkers who also brought home awards. This is a rough business. We are definitely criticized more often than we are recognized for our good work. I think all my peers in the newspaper business should be proud of the work they do everyday. Keep it up!


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