Farewell, Fredericksburg

I have moved to Buffalo, NY, for an investigative reporter job, but Fredericksburg will always have a place in my heart.

I am still pinching myself every morning.

For at least a decade I have been dreaming about getting a job that would allow me to focus on and investigative journalism, but newspapers across the country aren't investing in this form of journalism. My dream was clouded by the failures of this industry to stay afloat in a digital age.

This is why I still feel like I am in a dream when I was offered a job with a nonprofit investigative journalism center in downtown Buffalo, NY.

I am a New York native and spent all of my childhood and college years in upstate New York. I attended a state university near Buffalo and most of my family lives in the Fingerlakes Region. My niece and nephew grew up without me and I missed too many Christmas holidays and family gatherings. It was time to come back home.

Leaving Fredericksburg is bittersweet. I came here in 2006 to work as the Spotsylvania Government reporter for the Free Lance-Star and really enjoyed that job. After six years in this community, it was finally starting to feel like home.

What will I miss most? I'll miss my regular visits to Bistro Bethem, where I couldn't get away from talking business because local politicos would always show up, too (I secretly always want to talk business). I will miss kayaking the Rapphannock River, although I wonder if the river will host kayakers much longer with the low water levels and the arguably serious dredging that needs to happen soon. I will miss my regular walks up and down Caroline Street, biking to assignments, the local live music and arts scene and the good people I have befriended here.

put Fredericksburg Patch on the map in this community. Within a day, the Fredericksburg Patch Facebook page went from 700 "likes" to 1,700. Today, an incredible 2,613 people visit the page. Your kindness and appreciation made all of the hard work worth it. You may never know how rewarding it was for me to read all of the kind comments.

My experiences in Fredericksburg made me a better—and stronger—person. I left a better man. And I sense the happiest days of my life are before me.

I will miss you all so much. We were a great team.

Be sure to pick up this month's version of the Front Porch for my exit interview.

A few parting thoughts:

: Although it would be much, much, much better if the local leaders could attract a AAA MLB affiliate, the independent league is the second best thing. You are less likely to find up-and-coming MLB stars in this independent league, but having a nice stadium nearby that can handle hundreds of other events, including live concerts, is a draw I would have supported. If they can prove the economics of it that benefits the region, then go for it. 

Fredericksburg Courthouse: I really don't think it will be a big box in the middle of downtown. When it's all said and done, it will fit in just like the downtown hotel has on Caroline Street. But what really ruffled my feathers was hearing certain elected leaders argue that this was a transparent process just because they've been talking about it for almost six years. That's not transparency and local residents deserve better. There's no doubt that the courthouse project has been discussed many times during open meetings. But when it came time to make the final decision, That is bad government and shame on you for keeping it secret.

  Fredericksburg has a problem with homelessness and poverty that is getting ignored by those who could actually do something about it. As Vice he will need community support. The few organizations serving this population cannot do it alone. . More people need to step up to the plate.

Make sureandfollow through with the performing arts center and securing more funding for the arts in the city. They can do it and they need your support.

RoseMarie Crean September 04, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I was born and bred in Buffalo, NY, and have lived here in Spotsylvania for 3 years. Buffalo is still home to me and always will be in my heart. Good luck to you!
Larry Gross September 04, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Good luck Dan! keep in touch!
Dan Telvock (Editor) September 04, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Thank you RoseMarie. I am excited. And I have had wings two of the three days I have been here and about to make it three of four days. Had Anchor, Duffs and not sure who will be next :)
Liz French September 04, 2012 at 05:37 PM
your wit and witticisms will truly be missed. You brought a lightness and a respect to journalism that was lacking in our little town.. you still owe me a shirt and LARGE bottle of Captain Morgan's spiced rum.. You will never be forgotten DT.. Live well, dream big and then move your rear and follow those dreams! Bye brother
Dan Telvock (Editor) September 04, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Larry, keep communicating with the local journos, too. You're a great resource and helpful!
Dan Telvock (Editor) September 04, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Liz, your support has been amazing. Thank you so much. I do owe you.
Lauren Jost September 04, 2012 at 05:58 PM
We're sad to see Dan go. But we wish him well! In the meantime, I'll be the Fredericksburg point of contact.
Wendy Migliore September 04, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I'm a former buffalonian also...grew up in Williamsville until last summer when we moved to Fredericksburg. I love it here!!! Have a Great time in Buffalo...enjoy the wings I so desperately miss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lindsay September 04, 2012 at 06:51 PM
We'll miss you, but best wishes for the new job!
Hamilton September 05, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Dan you parting thoughts are constructive. Your investigative journalism made many pause and change. You contributed much to our community. Good luck in Buffalo. Thank you, Hamilton
pennie rose September 05, 2012 at 11:16 AM
We will miss you but are so happy for you. Thanks for much good journalism. Have a blast!!!
Mary Ann Barton (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Great working with you Dan! Good luck in Buffalo.
Anne September 05, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Good luck. Fredericksburg is great but you will get snow every year. I'm Jealous...
Jack September 05, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Dan you are going to be one tough act to follow. I've really enjoyed reading the patch especially since you took over in November and have continued to find it a great source when I wanted to know what was really going on. I wish you all the best and I tip my hat to you for a job well done.
Dan Telvock (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Thank you so much everyone. First day on the job here in Buffalo. Lots of work to do already! I'll miss you guys and gals!
virginia September 05, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Congrads to you Dan for getting your dream job back where you grew up and your family is near! Not many people get that in a life time. I am sure you will do well just like you did for patch. Will miss your great personality, but will welcome the ones taking your place. Good luck and send some snow this winter our way!
MichaEl Hirsch September 06, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Dan, I have appreciated your willingness to probe beneath the surface appearance and deal with and report on what has been behind so many issues here in Fredericksburg. You made a great contribution to the Patch and will be missed! Be blessed in Buffalo!


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