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Dublin Patch Editor Says Goodbye

Dublin Patch Editor Erika Conner, who launched the site in September 2010, is passing the reins over to a new editor. Say goodbye before her last day on March 9.

Nearly 18 months ago, we began a journey here at Dublin Patch. And what a journey it's been.

I want to begin by thanking each and everyone of you who offered article suggestions, commented on a story and signed up to receive our .

Every Dublin Patch reader is valued, appreciated and should be thanked. A special thank you to all of the talented freelancers and Patch coworkers who have helped make this site what it is today.

I became the editor of Dublin Patch in July 2010, after making a big move across the country from Boston. It was a homecoming of sorts for me because I grew up in the Bay Area. After nearly 10 years in journalism, I'm proud to call the Tri-Valley my home. That won't change in the coming weeks, but my job will. I've accepted a job at NBC Bay Area and will be leaving Patch on Friday, March 9.

You all welcomed me into this community with open arms and for that, I'm thankful. You sat down with me at local coffee shops, called when you thought there was something we should report on and made a point to introduce yourselves at local events.

You made sure I knew what mattered in this community: a sense of pride, helping your neighbors and a dedication to making this city the best it can be. Those are just a few of the many other qualities that make Dublin the city it is today.

I was inspired by so many of you to volunteer in this community through our days at Patch. I will continue to volunteer with (you might remember ) and , which holds dog adoption events at Dublin's twice a month in the hopes of finding dogs forever homes. Many of you readers have adopted some of the dogs we've featured, including a . So don't be surprised if you still see me around town.

We've covered a lot of stories here in Dublin during this past year and a half. There are way too many to list, but in an effort to remember some of them I've put together a short video compilation (see attached video).

Our stories have not come without heartache. I sat down with on Sept. 11. And I met with . These are the stories that revealed the closeness of your community. They served as reminders that in a town of more than 45,000 people, you care about what's happening around you and in the lives of your neighbors.

We showed you , sat in on and reported when .

Remember the moment became ? Or, when ? We've traveled throughout the city to bring you our weekly and covered the opening of a long list of new businesses, including , , , , , and , among others.

Dublin is an , an award this city so greatly deserves. With your help, I know that this Patch will continue to grow.

Again, thank you for your time, your warm welcoming and for being devoted readers!

After March 9, readers should contact Associate Regional Editor David Mills or Regional Editor Kari Hulac with questions, concerns or story ideas. E-mail Mills at david.mills@patch.com or Hulac at kari@patch.com.

Lynette March 07, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Congratulations and the best of luck to you in your future endeavors!
Jeff Keihl March 07, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Thanks for all your efforts keeping our community well informed!
Cindy Tuttle March 07, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Thank you Erika, for all your hard work. I believe your efforts in covering the story of how our puppy Bear was stolen from Parkway Veterinary Hospital helped to bring him home to us. Ever since, I have enjoyed reading the Patch. I can tell you put your heart into your work and know you will do the same at NBC Bay Area. Congratulations!
Kathleen Schoening March 07, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Best of Luck!
Martha Ross March 07, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Erika, as a former Patch editor colleague, I admired the way you did such a wonderful job covering the Dublin community. You're a thoughtful writer and journalist, and you care about the issues you cover. You created a great local news site. Best of luck to you in TV world.
James Morehead March 07, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Erika - you did a terrific job getting Patch off the ground and thriving in Dublin! Good luck in your next gig and you've given the next Dublin Patch editor a great platform to build on.
Cindi March 07, 2012 at 08:03 PM
You have been such a valuable asset to our community. Thank you and best wishes!
Erika Conner March 07, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Thanks everyone! It's been so great covering the Dublin community and you will all be missed.
Anna Fakaros March 07, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Congratulations Erika! It was great working with you and I will miss seeing you around the Tri-Valley covering stories! :)
Sally Doss March 08, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Erika, thank you for everything you have done! Most especially, thank you for connecting us with our beloved Beau. We cannot imagine life without him. We wish you all good things in your future. We know you will be a success!
Kirsten Branch March 08, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Congratulations! You've done a wonderful job. Enjoy your next adventure.
Erika Conner March 08, 2012 at 06:08 AM
Sally - I am so excited that you adopted Beau! What a loving, wonderful home is has been given! Thank you for giving him a very happy life. All the best to you, your family and Beau.
Lisa Doherty March 08, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Thanks Erika for you have done for Dublin. Your stories are great and you kept us all informed. Thanks for all the fantastic opportunities. Best of luck in your new job.
Stephanie Harper March 08, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Erika, you will be missed! Thanks for all the leads and for the support when Vada went missing. Hope to keep in touch.
Beth Adolph March 09, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Best wishes Erika thanks for a job well done....enjoy NBC Bay Area...I'm certain you will, my son works there and he loves it!
Amy McCurdy March 11, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Erika, I wish you all the best in your new media adventure. Congratulations!
Ted March 13, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Best wishes on your new job...I'm sure you will do great just like you did with the Dublin Patch...!!!
Sheila Jessup-Schwarz March 13, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Hello Erika - Thank you for establishing Dublin Patch. It has been a great resource for what is happening in our community and what is important to its readers. You recently helped us with our dog park initiative by showing that there was community support. Best of luck to you. Thanks again.

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