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Thanks and Farewell from Patch Editor

A note of thanks to everyone who has helped Brighton Patch along the way.

Today is my last day as editor of Brighton Patch. It was with much thought and discussion with my family that I have decided to focus full-time on my freelance writing career.

As I prepare to pass my laptop and iPhone on to the next editor (yet to be determined), I take credit for helping to bring Patch to town.

I couldn’t have asked for a better way to get to know my new hometown. I moved to the area in December of 2009, and through this editorship have been given license to explore all that Brighton has to offer, from its ski slopes, lakes and hiking trails, to its trendy restaurants and shops, and award-winning schools. I have attended public meetings of the board of education, township board of trustees and city council (something I recommend every resident do at least once).

It has been my pleasure and honor to meet the people who make Brighton the wonderful community that it is, from public safety workers and school staff, to the entrepreneurs, residents and families who call Brighton home.

I want to thank everyone who took my calls and emails at ungodly hours as I tried to track down facts or photos for stories. The people who have contributed to Patch are far too numerous to name, but some who paid us special welcome were Sgt. Mark Thompson of the ; Margaret Vergith at the ; Superintendent Greg Gray at ; the ladies at the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce; Nick Palizzi at n and Gail Sherman at .

I also want to thank all the residents who went out of their way to suggest story ideas, work with our freelancers, and become early adopters of Patch. You know who you are and I hope you continue to help the next editor as well.

Speaking of freelancers, I can’t thank enough 'my’ talented writers and photographers, most who have been with Brighton Patch since the beginning, and will continue contributing to the site.

Now, I look forward to becoming a Patch reader instead of its editor. Part of the beauty of Patch is that it seeks to engage readers and create community. Patch readers are invited to enter events and announcements for free, contribute blogs that prominently run on the home page, comment on stories, interact on Facebook and Twitter, and contact editors and writers with the click of a mouse.

So even though I’ll no longer be at its helm, I expect to stay involved with Brighton Patch. See you online!

Sherri Yezbick-Taylor June 05, 2011 at 02:09 AM
I learned a lot and enjoyed working with you in this great town -- you are going to be missed!! Big Time!! Good luck with all of your future endeavors, Wensdy! See ya at BBG!!
Anja Geyer June 05, 2011 at 12:15 PM
Wensdy, thank you for everything you tought me, thanks for your patience and thank you for bringing the patch to brighton. It's my daily source of local information. You will be missed, for sure! I wish you all the best with your future writing career!
Coral Adas June 07, 2011 at 01:19 AM
Good luck to you on your new adventure. I look forward to reading the Patch and have encouraged many friends to check it out. You did a great job getting it started for us and we'll continue to keep it going for you. Brighton is a special place of special people.

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