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August 5, 2013

Lisa Madras: What's priceless to you?

NEW CASTLE —

What would your ‘priceless’ Mastercard-style commercial be?
 
There answer to this question can change from day to day or even minute to minute.  The important thing is that you have an answer at any given time.  For me, somedays, my kids would be the star of this commercial.  Other days, it would be something about strength or perseverance.
Today, it's about friendship.  Because today, I'm saying goodbye to one of my dearest friends.
Don't get me wrong... she's not dying or anything.  She only lives about twenty minutes from me, and she's not even moving.  But up until this week, we worked together almost every day for eleven years, and she's leaving.
We'll make the same promises we do every time someone we know takes off for greener pastures:  "We'll do dinner!  We'll go shopping!  We'll still get together... I promise!"  And we mean it.  We really, truly do.  But life is cruel and demanding, and our intentions are so easily swept away as we struggle to keep up with what we need to do.  But regardless of whether or not we still manage to get together, I just won't be seeing her every day anymore, and that makes my heart ache.
Most you know Erica Galvin as the cute little blond behind the camera for the New Castle News.  That was the hat she was wearing the first time I met her.  She snapped a picture of my daughter at the Light Up Night parade, not realizing that we were both new hires of the News.
Those of you who encountered her in her eleven years here remember the girl who got smiles from the crankiest of children, immortalized athletes in incredible photos, and faced down fires and drug raids and disasters with calm self-assurance.

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