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Cascades Blog: Thank you, Mr. Shafferman

This week, Bruce Shafferman, the principal of Lowes Island Elementary School for the past 12 years, begins a well-earned retirement.

Shafferman built a love of music and a career start as a choral music teacher into a 42-year career in education.

If you’ve attended any of the events at the Lowes Island school, you’ve seen Shafferman in action. He’s always been on hand, with a smile that shows how proud he is of “his kids”—whether riding a bicycle during an environmentally focused electronics recycling event or hosting the school’s annual Turkey Trot fun run and walk.

Shafferman and his wife, Jane, a reading specialist at Meadowland Elementary School in Sugarland and Ball’s Bluff Elementary in Leesburg, both retired from their education careers last week on the same day. Their next stop is a new start in central Virginia, where they will live near family members including their first grandchild, nearly old enough to start school.

So long, and thanks for all the news

I grew up with a father who often found opportunities in the course of family life to quote long-dead philosophers, playwrights and politicians. One of the quotes frequently heard in our house was: “The only thing constant in life is change.” This turned out to be very good training for the future.

In the newspaper business, change happens every day. Beginning in 2018, the Loudoun Times-Mirror will be implementing a planned change—and the community columns will no longer be published.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my news reports, to take action on the things you read about here and for all of the news you’ve shared with me. I’ve enjoyed writing this column, which I took over in 2004, in more ways than I can ever say.

I couldn’t have done this without all of you.

The good news is that I will continue to pitch stories and write for this newspaper. I hope you will keep sending news my way. You can reach me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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