As some of you are aware, these are my final days as local editor of Salem Patch. Starting Wednesday, I'm taking over as local editor of the Patch site in Medford, Mass.
I leave Salem with mixed emotions. Medford presents an opportunity for me to explore a new area, be closer to Boston and live some place outside of New Hampshire for the first time in my life.
But for the last year and a half, Salem has been my home, just as much as it has been yours. Over that time I've experienced the highs and lows, the triumphs and tragedies along with you.
I came here in May 2011 with very little knowledge of Salem. I didn't know anyone here and certainly didn't have a feel for the community. Coupled with the fact I was trying to start something completely new here in town, I knew I had challenges ahead of me.
But almost immediately, the people of this town embraced Patch in a way I could have never imagined. Over 18 months, I'm so proud of the community we've built on the site and I would like to believe we've been able to make Salem a better, more well-informed place as a result.
There are far too many people to thank for the success of the site so far, and I'm fearful of leaving people out if I start mentioning names. You know who you are and your help has been so very appreciated.
Windham Patch Local Editor Michael Ryan will be taking over my responsibilities in Salem. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org, feel free to drop him a line to welcome him to the community. Mike is going to do a fantastic job.
You can also reach NH Patch Regional Editor Marc Fortier at email@example.com if you have any other concerns.
Thanks for an incredible 18 months, Salem. What I learned about this town in my time here is that it's a place worth fighting for.