Election Day marked my final day at Patch Media. Two weeks ago, I accepted a position as a ski patroller at Deer Valley Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah.
The new job, which starts Monday, came about unexpectedly – almost as much of a surprise to me as I'm sure it is to many of you. But for as long as I can remember, I have wanted to spend a winter or two working as a ski patroller. Now, at age 24 and ready to move on after 17 months at Patch, this winter seemed like it could be my last opportunity to pursue that experience.
I greatly value my time here as the editor for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Patch and, briefly, senior local editor for the Westfield Patch. It proved to be an invigorating and enlightening job, one that was both deeply challenging and highly rewarding. From users to public officials, you've embraced me and the mission of Patch as, together, we tried to make sure that we worked together to share the news and information central to the success and growth of these two towns. I will miss the relentless pursuit of the news and am certain that I will be among the regular Patch users who catch up with what's going on at home while I am 2,000 miles away.
There are countless important stories that remain unreported or underreported in the township and the borough. I am eagerly looking forward to watching guest editor Emily Everson uncover them. A lifelong Scotch Plains resident and a 2006 graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Everson comes to the job with considerable familiarity with the township and borough – not to mention some serious journalism chops. Send your news tips, press releases, letters-to-the-editor and more to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all our readers, and see you on the slopes!
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