Well, folks, it's been swell.
Having grown up in La Grange, it's been very fun to cover my hometown. Each day I've learned something new about our community. It's been truly amazing to report on and work with the dedicated people in La Grange, La Grange Park and Western Springs that make our villages so special.
I started covering La Grange and La Grange Park for Patch a little over a year and a half ago. It feels like the time has flown. In that time I've had the pleasure of working with a lot of people in our village, from Patch contributors to village staff and business owners. I've had a great time telling your stories, and I've been blown away by all the little things that go on daily behind the scenes that make the town everything that it is.
Patch's new La Grange editor will be a familiar face to many. Darren McRoy has served as Patch's Western Springs editor since the site launched. He'll be returning to Western Springs Patch today and also overseeing La Grange Patch. I know I'm leaving the site in the best of hands. If you'd like to get in touch with Darren about story ideas, questions about the site, or just to say hello, I'd recommend emailing him at Darren@Patch.com.
Seeing this site grow has been such a great experience. I could not have done it without a lot of help from all of you.
Patch is more than just a newspaper. It's a place where readers can share their knowledge with the community, a platform to start discussions and engage with your neighbors and to learn about your village. I hope that in my time as editor here I've been able to encourage thoughtful discussions of important local issues, but also entertain with stories about the delightfully interesting people who call La Grange and La Grange Park home.
I'm not going far, and I expect to be back often. I hope to continue to see everyone around town when I do.
Thank you for being the best readers ever.
- Matthew Hendrickson