Era ends at OVN
By Lenny Roberts
They say whenever a longtime
resident leaves Ojai, they will be back. That's what Ojai Valley
News staff members are hoping.
Alysia Dewar has been a part of the Ojai Valley News sales staff
since 1986, leaving twice to take care of a sick child and give
birth to another.
This time, she and her husband, Tim Dewar, former Ojai Valley
News editor and current public relations officer for the Ventura
County Humane Society, are leaving for Bullhead City, Ariz.,
where they plan to get real estate licenses and fix up and sell
"It will be a new life and a new adventure," she said.
"I'm going to get me a boat and play all the time."
She said the many OVN customers, friends and co-workers who have
touched her life will not be forgotten.
"I will miss my clients. I've enjoyed working with all of
them, and don't think I've ever had a bad experience with any
of them. They were all so sweet, especially through the setbacks.
I was blessed to have had everyone with me through those hard
times," she said.
Dewar added that she will occasionally bring daughter Cassidy
Cowgill back to Ojai to see her friends and father.
"I'm unemployed now, so I can travel. I want to take a year
off and grieve in my own way - by the pool with two desert drinks
in my hand. I'll send pictures," she laughed, "and
make sure I e-mail them to my co-workers daily to show how much
I miss them. But I'll have to find my bathing suit first. I just
want to say how wonderful everyone here at the paper has been.
And like the 'governator,' I'll be back."
Thursday was her last day at the Ojai Valley News. Staffers said
they will dearly miss her and the non-schoolday visits of Cassidy
and her stylish hairdos.
Bret Bradigan, OVN publisher, said, "I think I can speak
for all of us here with these parting words: Don't go. Or if
that doesn't work: Come back soon."
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DEWAR, daughter, Cassidy, and newest family member, Max.