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Local Editor Bids Farewell

I'll be moving north to Hyattsville, Md., but I'll always remember Fredericksburg for being a beautiful, quirky, historic and conflicted town on the Rappahannock

Fredericksburg, it's been nice knowing you. But I regret to inform you that I shall be moving north to my hometown of Hyattsville, Md. to oversee a Patch site in that community. Fear not, dear readers, Fredericksburg Patch will continue on. Northern Virginia Patch Assistant Regional Editor Dan Telvock well oversee the site on an interim basis until a permanent local editor is hired.

Now, over the years, a newsman learns a number of things that for one reason or another, he just cannot report. It doesn't seem to matter now, so, I do declare:

In all my career in journalism, I have never experienced a more historic or more exciting news cycle as I have in Fredericksburg. The significance of the stories presented before me in my coverage ranged the full scale of emotion from triumph to despair.

In all my career in journalism, Natatia Bledsoe is the best police public information officer I have ever worked with. Among all the city departments, none showed me as much hospitality as the Fredericksburg Police Department. Bledsoe was always ready with a deluge of information, as if she could anticipate your inquiries, which often overwhelmed the descriptive capacities of this journalist.

The Capital Ale House is the best bar to see the ugliest suits in town worn by the most vain people. Seriously, have you ever walked in there during the weekday lunch rush? It's like every overstyled real-estate agent decided to have a gauche-off over a bavarian pretzel.

is the most welcoming, friendly bar in town. I admit, I only spent a bit more than a year in this town, a mere 55 weeks. In that time I probably ventured out amongst the town on half of those weekends. At first I tried to vary my bar hopping, but I quickly came to realize one thing: Fredericksburg's few bar's are covers for closely guarded cliques. There is one glaring exception: Spirits, aka The 'Ritz. Yes, it may be dingy, but if you are between the ages of 25 and 40 with an affinity for the counter-cultural and need to hang out with workaday service industry colleagues who won't judge you for the tee-shirt you're wearing, then Spirit's is the best bar in town. Plus, the implicit possibility of getting thrown down the stairs from the second floor bar at the hands of indignant bouncers in the event of fisticuffs seems to cast a placid atmosphere over the establishment.

Mayor Thomas Tomzak may be rightly praised for his role in during his tenure as mayor, but he is clueless to a fault when it comes to

Fredericksburg legitimately In my opinion, concerns over the amount to hyperbolic tax fear mongering.



Who's the best journalist in Fredeicksburg? It's a toss up between Bill Freehling and Jim Hall. Freehling because you can't buy or sell anything in this town without him writing about it. Hall because you cant get an operation in this town without him writing about how it won't be covered by your insurance company.

I hope in my coverage you have deemed me fair, and in my reporting deemed me insightful.

Farewell Fredericksburg,

Michael Theis

Brad Ellis January 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Indeed many of your stories have been insightful and have sparked lively discussion. This forum is fantastic for receiving news and sharing comments. I only hope Patch finds a good reporter to continue researching pertinent issues and stimulating lively debate. Good luck in your new endeavors.
Karen Hedelt January 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM
I wish you the best back up in Maryland, Mike, and appreciate your perspectives on Fredericksburg. I've enjoyed knowing you.
d January 13, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Good Luck to you, and thank you !
Hedy Fragosso January 13, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I have enjoyed your news !
Marcie Floyd Tanner January 13, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Good luck and stay safe.
Fred Howe January 13, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Michael - great job as editor and investigative reporter - you will be missed! I however, must comment on your exiting comment exception to the Courts project and associated tax increase. Unless you are a real estate owner in the City as I understand you are not - marginalizing the tax impact on others when you are not personally and directly affected by such legislative impact as a real estate owner would be is probably not the best stance to take on this particular issue. I would also point out that had you remained a resident of the City - these tax impacts will eventually find their way into your pocket book. The issue isn't the tax impact as much as it is smart, accountable and transparent expenditures that give those who are paying the freight immediately - the best bang for their tax dollars spent. All my best to you and I hope we cross paths once again in the near future! Respectfully,
Ashleigh Chevalier January 13, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Farewell, Patch Man. All the best to ya. *AC
stonewallpark January 13, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Mike i have enjoyed your work and thank you for your honesty.You mean alot to the people like me that can't get out much.You gave me a chance to make my opinions known.Thank you and may your new move be wonderfull. We will miss you.

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