Saying goodbye, welcoming new staff | Editorial

After two years, Bridget Wright is leaving the Sounder as circulation and office manager to work for her family’s business on Orcas.

“I’ve loved my time here and the people I have worked with,” she said.

The Sounder welcomes Heidi LaPuzza as the new office manager. She is a recent transplant to the island after discovering its beauty on a camping trip last fall.

She has three adult children, two grandkids with a third grand baby on the way. They all live in Idaho.

LaPuzza enjoys being outdoors, camping, fishing, hiking, archery and doing stained glass art. She can also be seen at her second job at Kenmore Air in the Orcas Airport.

The Journal also welcomes Friday Harbor High School senior Emma Wickman as our intern.

Wickman covers everything from sports to the environment to community events. She loves to read and write and is a self- described “major dog person.” She is active on the Wolverines’ soccer and fastpitch teams.

Other hobbies of Wickman’s include adventuring with friends and reading.

Wickman plans on attending Western Washington University in the fall with a focus on communication and journalism.

“I try to please everyone around me, and that means biting off more than I can chew at times, and I think that is one of my biggest weaknesses. I am passionate about what I love, and I hope to do great things with my life,” she said.

We, at the Journal, are confident she will.