Kirstan Knowlton: Goodbyes are not forever

There are many ways to say it, but none of them are ever easy. Friday, Sept. 22, will mark my last day at the Berlin Sun.
Over the past three and half years, I’ve enjoyed my work immensely. Promoting the local area, its people and what it has to offer has always given me great pride.
Most of you know that my focus has specifically been on promoting the arts, and I hope that the Sun will continue to have a strong Weekender section even after I am gone. After all, I am still going to need to get my local news from somewhere, right?!
Now before any of you start to worry too much, our family is still staying in the area, and we don’t plan on moving anytime soon. I will, however, be starting my new position as an options counselor over at ServiceLink.
I’ll never forget how I got my start here at the Sun. I was trying to pick up some extra money and working as a freelance writer for a different paper. I kept running into Sun office manager Rita Dube at local events, and eventually she said I should just come by the office and see if I could work for them.
From there, I filled in for her while she was taking one of her many vacations, and from that point on I just never left. I kept coming back day after day until they decided to keep me.
Once I found my place as a writer, I decided to go for it, and asked if I could write a weekly column. Although I had no idea what I was getting myself into, it became something I looked forward to each week.
Many of you have stopped me at the store and while I was out and about to tell me how much they enjoyed reading my articles. I can’t begin to tell you how much that meant to me, and I am overjoyed to know that people were able to connect with my writing.
Thank you to everyone for all the love, support and kind words each one of you has given me over the years. You’ve been a light in my life, and I am fortunate to have connected with you.
For those of you who would like to keep in touch, I am always on Facebook and can also be emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
I hope that everyone has a safe and wonderful weekend. This weekend our area will be celebrating with Camp RZR. Check out our special pages in today’s paper for a list of events and highlights for the weekend.
Kirstan Knowlton writes a weekly column for The Berlin Sun. Her inspiration comes from events and people in the community who continue to work hard to make the North Country one of the best places to live.