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Final Week for Editor of Elkridge Patch

The site will remain your resource for Elkridge news, as editor moves to Havre de Grace Patch.

It’s been almost two years since Elkridge Patch came on the scene in Howard County and with mixed emotions, your initial editor is moving on.

As of Columbus Day—Monday, Oct. 8—I’ll be heading over to Havre de Grace Patch as editor there and contributor on Aberdeen Patch too.

Elkridge Patch will be under the oversight of Associate Regional Editor Lisa Rossi, who will act as administrator as of Oct. 8. You can reach her at lisa.rossi@patch.com.

To the community of Elkridge, I can't tell you how much I will miss you. Since Oct. 29, 2010, when Elkridge Patch went online with the click of a button from Daniels Restaurant, my life completely changed as I lived and breathed Elkridge.

From the McDonald’s sign that the Greater Elkridge Community Association kept from being super-sized to the turbulence a proposal from CSX caused in Hanover and Jessup, there is never a dull moment.

Who can forget the Halloween parade that wasn't at Rockburn, the body of a missing Elkridge woman found 21 years later in her backyard, the new grocery store that came in after Superfresh closed and the kindheartedness of a resident who put the pieces of Elkridge back together along Old Washington Road after they fell apart.

Given the passion I have found to be characteristic in Elkridge, I was not surprised to learn recently that Elkridge Patch readers are some of the most engaged Patch users in Maryland. (You are awesome, Elkridge!) I hope that you keep that momentum going, as there are so many issues rising to the surface in Elkridge—the new elementary school, the possibility of a high school, high-density development proposed off Coca Cola Drive and of course, elections.

Elkridge Patch is really your site. I am honored that I got to be here in its infancy, and now that it's growing up, I hope you take it to the next level by getting even more involved in bringing the many and varied voices of Elkridgeans online. 

Here are ways to contribute:

Elkridge Patch is here for you and it is yours. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of it and for teaching me what community means.

Harold Goodman October 05, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Breaking News! Elkridge to lose thier town sweetheart. Any where in Elkridge you mention Elizabeth you hear the same thing "Oh she is just a sweetheart". I have said myself when the subject of the Elkridge Patch comes up. Thanks for all you have done for Elkridge. Your attention to detail and eye for the interesting has made the Patch part of my daily routine. You will like Harve De Grace. We have space in one of the local shops and support a lot of the carving functions as Harve De Grace is the decoy capital of the world. Stop in Vincenti's Decoys and talk to Jeanni (she's the town gossip) and they are involved with many of the town functions. You will like Harve De Grace as there is always a lot of activities there. We will truly miss you in Elkridge. Good luck and be sure to look us up at Vencenti's at the Candle Light Tour. I will be the guy in the Santa Suit.
EDWARD DICK October 06, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Elizabeth, I as well as everyone else will miss you. I wish you all the luck in the world at your new location and adventures in life. However remember that if for some reason things don't work out for you we will welcome you back to our changing ELKRIDGE with open arms. Once again Best of luck Elizabeth
Howard Johnson October 07, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Hello Elizabeth This is sad news for the Elkridge community, you and the Patch have helped to fill a void in local reporting to become a source of information all about Elkridge. I want to thank you for going beyond the quick sound bite or easy headline about news in Elkridge. Early on your career here you searched out people in our community that can speak of the history of our town to better understand our concerns now and our hopes for the future in Elkridge. Elizabeth you have done your best to not slant or present bias in your reporting and always circled back to check facts and follow up before you published. This is a quality that is disappearing from publications as the 20 second gotcha quote or police scanner report is the lead, middle and end of a story for the press today. In an environment of instant access to news and information your style is a refreshing and a reassuring approach to reporting and our forth branch of our government. You will be missed here and your new assignment is getting a great reporter and advocate for their community. Please remember there will always be a place for you in Elkridge and GECA I wish you all the best.
BK October 08, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Best of luck. Elkridge will miss you greatly. Thank you for all you have done to educate your readership on what is happening in our community!
Joel Gallihue October 08, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Well Elizabeth I will miss working with you. I think you tried hard to connect the community in a thoughtful way. I know you will miss Elkridge but Havre de Grace is a nice area. Check out the Steppingstone Museum.

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