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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.

JBateman October 04, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Elizabeth, I am so sad to read this! You will be greatly missed!!!! I have always enjoyed running into you and your care for Elkridge always showed in your well-researched articles. Thank you for all you have done!! Hugs, Jill
Leslie Kornreich October 04, 2012 at 09:43 PM
We will miss you so much, Elizabeth! Best of luck in your new Patch home--Havre de Grace Patch has no idea how lucky they are!
Christopher George Dick October 04, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Elizabeth please stay in touch with me i will miss you alot
Christopher George Dick October 04, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Best of luck Elizabeth :( i will miss you alot and very sad to read this
Cathy October 04, 2012 at 11:32 PM
What a loss! You really understood Elkridge and really kept us up to date on what was happening. Good luck in your new position!
S.S. in Elkridge October 05, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Elizabeth, I wish you the best. I appreciate your time at the BOE meetings to try to stop the building of the elementary school on Ducketts Lane and your accurate and un-biased reporting. Thanks for keeping issues in the forefront. Take care.
Kym Byrnes (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 02:28 AM
You rock Elizabeth and even though I'm sad to see you leave Elkridge because I know that's where your heart is, I'm glad to know that you'll still be Patching it up in Maryland. Good luck!!
Julie Casey October 05, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Thank you Elizabeth for your outstanding work for the Elkridge community. You will be missed!! Good luck on your new community . I am sure they will be as happy with you as we are in Elkridge.
Paul D October 05, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Thank you Elizabeth!! You will be missed and I hope the folks in Havre de Grace appreciate your work as much as we do...if they don't you can always come back!!
Concerned Elkridgean October 05, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Elizabeth, you will be so missed. I hope your next community appreciates you as much as Elkridge does! You have helped us as a community to accomplish some of our goals by educating the community on the issues and giving us a forum where our community can come together. I thank you for helping Elkridge to become less of a red-headed stepchild of Howard County. You have truly become a member and always be member of our community. ... Our small town.. I know that your experience here will help you help other communities with their issues and reveal the truth!
Adam R October 05, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Wow, good luck! You have always been fair and impartial in keeping the peace of the Elkridge Patch Crackers, and I thank you for that!
BosoxBrent October 05, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Noooooo!!! You know I'm like one of the biggest fans of the Patch out there and I can't even imagine the Elkridge Patch without you Elizabeth. I loved how you would almost always be one of the first people on the scene of events here in Elkridge, where its day or night, supplying us with the local news that the other outlets don't deem significant enough to cover. Well that news is real important to the residents of Elkridge and we can't thank you enough for all that you've given in order to keep us a well informed community over the last 2 years. You really will be missed. The folks in Havre de Grace and Aberdeen are getting one heck of a person. Thanks for everything and best of luck with the new job.
Sandy Baker October 05, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Elizabeth you will be missed - you did such a great job with Patch and Elkridge - I will miss seeing you everywhere - good luck at your new position
Val McGuire October 05, 2012 at 06:01 PM
We hate to see you go Elizabeth! You mean too much to this community! We are forever in your debt for your outstanding work on topics of great concern to the greater Elkridge area. Thank you for strengthening our community by working diligently with GECA, county officials and our legislators; but most of all, for embracing us through your astute reporting and follow-up. Best of luck to you in Havre de Grace and Aberdeen. They don't know it yet, but they are getting a person of integrity and a whole lot of heart! My best to you always Elizabeth.
Nancy Pfeffer October 05, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Elizabeth - Best of luck to you at your new home, Thanks for all of your support to the Elkridge Community. You will be greatly missed, and leaving some very big shoes for the next editor to fill. Here is to all good things in life.
Brandie Jefferson October 05, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Elizabeth "Scoops" Janney! Ellicott City will miss you, too. You've been an amazing source of support for this community, as well! I know it's hard for you to leave Elkridge, but I hope that you can find a similar sense of community up north. Good luck!
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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