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An Open Love Letter to Twinsburg

As he enters his last day with Patch, Local Editor Mitch Cooper says goodbye to the town he loves.

Local Editor Mitch Cooper says farewell to Twinsburg, Ohio.
Local Editor Mitch Cooper says farewell to Twinsburg, Ohio.
"Twinsburgh."

That's how I originally thought you spelled the name of a community that was foreign to me three years ago. I was fresh out of Kent State University and looking for my first professional gig in journalism. 

I was more concerned about finding a job so I could get married to the love of my life than finding a career.

But not only did both of those things come to pass; I also fell in love with a small community with so much to offer.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 I, Local Editor Mitch Cooper, will no longer be at the helm of Twinsburg Patch. The decision was made for me, but I won't go any further than that. While I will be gone, the site itself will still be live.

I have spent most of the past three years covering Twinsburg (I learned very quickly how to spell it right) and can honestly say I am sad to leave.

I don't know where to start in saying thank you to the many people who have made my time here so wonderful, but I will try.

Mayor Katherine Procop was one of the first people to welcome me to this city and I appreciate all the help she has provided in my time here. If I may be frank with this farewell post, I believe that Twinsburg has been blessed to be under her leadership for so long. She truly cares about this community and it's well-being. 

I know there are some who may believe differently, but Mayor Procop and the outstanding members of city council have, in my personal opinion, been efficient and effective in their care for this community. It has been a pleasure to work with them.

Police Chief Christopher Noga, along with his wonderful officers and staff, has done a tremendous job keeping this community and its people safe. He is a great leader and truly cares about his town. I've enjoyed my many conversations with him over the years and appreciated his willingness to help me whenever I needed it.

If there's been one group who doesn't get the respect it deserves, it's the hard-working people at the Twinsburg City School District. I have sat through countless school board meetings and been to so many events and witnessed administrators, faculty and staff who care so much for their students.

Superintendent Kathryn Powers came into such a difficult financial situation and worked with the school board to find the best, least-harmful way to handle it. Times are tough in every district but I believe that Ms. Powers, Assistant Superintendent Mike Lenzo and the board members are doing their best to help the students.

I am sad that I will miss this upcoming election because there are some amazing candidates running for city council and school board. In many races it would be hard to pick the wrong person.

I want to thank so many people who have helped me during my time in Twinsburg, but there are too many to name them all but I would like to thank Laura Leonard, Beth Hatch, Abby Schroll-Fechter, Michael Turle, Rob Felber, Chief Rick Racine, Steve Bosso, Matt Cellura, Gary Sorace, Shannon Collins, Karen Howse, Larry Finch, Mark Gutowski, Sandy Miller, Ron Stuver and Michael Millet.

Most of all I would like to thank you, the loyal followers of Twinsburg Patch. It's been a crazy journey for the last three years with many ups and downs and crazy men running around farting (look up "attack of flatulence" in the search bar, you'll see). If not for the people who loved hearing more about this wonderful community, I would have been out of a job a long time ago. 

Thank you.

Don't worry about me, I've already landed on my feet. I trusted that God would lead me through this storm and He has in an amazing way. Starting Wednesday, Oct. 16 I will be working at a public relations and marketing firm in Hudson. I'm very excited for this new opportunity.

Thanks, Twinsburg. It's been a fun ride and I will miss you. 

Signing off for the final time, for Twinsburg Patch...

I'm Mitch Cooper.
Raj Taneja October 14, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Best of luck. I always enjoyed reading the content you posted here and am glad I got to meet you once over at Starbucks.
Debra Estep October 15, 2013 at 07:39 AM
'Love' and blessing to you Mitch. Thank you for always going that extra mile with INFO. You could always keep in touch with a Patch Blog.... I'm just saying !!! ;)
Robert Felber October 15, 2013 at 07:52 AM
Mitch, thanks for all the hardwork and friendship. Welcome to the otherside. Now when you pitch don't forget how to catch (It's a PR thing!) Rob Felber
Steve Bosso October 15, 2013 at 08:31 AM
I'll miss seeing you camped out at Starbucks...hogging all of the free Wi-Fi bandwidth. Ha ha ha. Just kidding, Mitch! It's been a pleasure working with you and I hope that the person stepping in for you will be just as professional, friendly, patient, prompt, and receptive. Enjoy the new gig and good luck always! ~Steve B
Bibby Battiest October 15, 2013 at 08:36 AM
Good luck in your new position. I have enjoyed reading all your articles. You were fair and posted both sides of issues, and quite entertaining on some of your lighter posts. A job well done all the way around. Twinsburg's loss is Hudson's gain.
Marti Franks October 15, 2013 at 08:56 AM
Mitch, you will be sorely missed. Technology will never work as well as a real live person, who is on site and knows who's who and what's what. You were that guy.That firm in Hudson is lucky to have you. Keep in touch. FYI Twinsburg used to have an "H" at the end and it fell off somewhere. We are still looking for it. It my be hanging out with the Cleaveland "A". Ah? Ha?
Matt Cellura October 15, 2013 at 09:11 AM
Mitch, you will be missed. I enjoyed all that you did and the dedication that you gave to your job. Your new employer has gained a wonderful asset and I have no doubt that you will enjoy continued growth and success. Best wishes in this new chapter in your life.
Chief Chris Noga October 15, 2013 at 09:35 AM
Mitch - Thank you for reporting accurately and helping to promote Twinsburg. I appreciate your kind words - I always tell people that I am blessed to work side-by-side with the best people in the world and they make my job one of the greatest jobs to have in this City. Best of luck to you. I know that we will continue to hear and read great things from you. Don't be a stranger. My door is always open to you.
Beth Hatch October 15, 2013 at 09:46 AM
Good luck in all future endeavors, Mitch! I miss Twinsburg very much with my transition to the Willoughby-Eastlake Library. The only constant in life is change but that doesn't make it any less saddening. You were such a wonderful supporter of the library, and we were fortunate to have you as a voice for our mission and services. It was a pleasure working with you and I can say Twinsburg will miss you too.
Michael Turle October 15, 2013 at 09:47 AM
Mitch, Twinsburg will greatly miss your coverage of our events. You've always had an upbeat look at things, and reported without "sensationalizing" the story. I appreciate your covering our Cash Mob events this past year we've been here, supporting local businesses. I really appreciate your unbiased coverage of our Old School preservation campaign. Your style of reporting will be missed, but you are now, whether you like it or not, a Twinsburger..,mt
Erin Murch Hooper October 15, 2013 at 09:52 AM
Best of luck in your new venture, Mitch. Your skills, insights and sound judgement are what made the Twinsburg Patch a worthwhile read--as was all too evident during your earlier hiatus. Your voice will definitely be missed, though I hope we'll 'hear' it again in the future. Wishing you all the best!
Karen October 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Mitch, it doesn't surprise me that you have landed a new job. Your ability to connect with people was reflective in your honest and fair reporting. It was always a pleasure sharing information with you when you needed it! Best of luck to you. May God continue to bless you and family. Please keep me posted on your new journey. You will do well wherever you go!
Gary Sorace October 15, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Hey, Mitch; Thank you for the GREAT service to our Community. We will certainly miss your touch on reporting in Twinsburgh! Stay in touch, if possible. Sincere best wishes to you...success will follow, I am sure.
BARB HIPSMAN October 15, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Good job for democracy Mitch.
Abby Schroll October 15, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Mitch - I remember you were to first person to come into the Chamber House and introduce yourself to me when I first started at the Chamber. Since that day, you have always shown nothing but support to me and the Chamber. We sincerely appreciate everything you have done for us and we will miss you greatly! Best of luck to you in your future - I know you will be great! Make sure you stop by every once in a while to catch up!
Dennis James Deegan CTM October 17, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Hey, Mitch- The Patch has been a great messenger to get the word out about Twinspirations Toastmasters. We have had many people make their first visit based upon seeing our EVENT (meetings) on the Patch. Thank you for the positive part you played in promoting our club. I hope you will always keep in touch. Please visit our club sometime and give a speech about what you learned while making the Patch come alive here. Best wishes in your new gig.
Henry Ford October 20, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Mitch - Sorry to see you go, and I am praying that the lights will remain on here at the Patch. While Twinsburg will miss you, hopefully the positive impact you're made will strengthen the already strong moral fiber of the community, and knit from it an even greater compassion than it already possesses. BEST WISHES as you go forward.

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