Across the Patch network last night and this morning, there are messages of thanks from local editors departing as part of the October 15 downsizing. Significantly, and commendably, the AOL powers-that-be decided in this case to allow LEs to post a proper goodbye.
One of the more unusual of these Patch posts can be found in Lemont, IL. Under the headline “Lemont Patch Editor Bids Farewell – Again,” Amanda Luevano writes:
It was just over a year ago that I sat at this very laptop and said farewell to Lemont Patch, the site I launched way back in September 2010. I had no idea I would be back seven months later or that I would be forced to issue a second goodbye to the town I’ve come to love so much.
Luevano’s farewell is unusual in other ways. It features a picture of her visiting the Great Wall of China and informs that she’s off to that country next month, where she will be living with her soon-to-be new husband.
Lemont is 27 mile southwest of Chicago and has a population of around 16,500. Among the other female scribes who have passed through is Academy Award winner Diablo Cody. She grew up there.