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Thank You, Phoenixville

Tomorrow, April 6, marks my last day as local editor of Phoenixville Patch.

It’s with great sadness that I am announcing the end of my time with Patch.

I’ll be leaving for the dark side, as they call it in the news business, moving on to public relations at a small local firm. I’m thrilled to have this new opportunity and overwhelmingly grateful for my time at Phoenixville Patch.

When I started the site in mid-December 2010, I truly had no idea what I was getting into. The Phoenixville community welcomed me (and the site) and as I bounced around at many local events, I was a new face in the crowd. However, I was continuously amazed at how welcoming everyone was, and at how willing they were to embrace this brand new site in the community.

This past year and a half has been full of ups and downs, late nights and weekends whiled away at meetings and events, early mornings up before the crack of dawn writing articles and countless hours spent trying to respond to e-mails and questions. I was able to see the best, and at times, through crime reporting, the worst of Phoenixville, and I continue to be as in love with this town as I was in the beginning—even more so.

Phoenixville has a wealth of people out there doing great things. Instead of a tiny core group of folks doing good, the community has many, many people involved in a variety of different organizations and causes, each trying to make a difference in their own ways.

Whenever people within the Patch organization would give me kudos on how well the site was doing in Phoenixville, I’d always answer, “It’s not me. It’s Phoenixville.”

It’s true. I was truly lucky to cover such an up-and-coming town, where people are not afraid to question and comment, to debate issues with neighbors and overwhelmingly, to want the best for the community as a whole.

The site will continue—and I believe, will continue to thrive—after I leave. I trust that I am leaving you in good, capable hands and I’m confident that you’ll show the future local editor of Phoenixville Patch the same welcome that I had in the Phoenixville area.

Thank you to my co-workers, who helped me through the ups and downs and kept me laughing even when it seemed impossible, and to my dad who faithfully reads (and shares) Patch.

Thank you most of all to the Phoenixville community, which I’m sure will continue to be an example for other local communities. I appreciate all of the support you’ve given me.

After I leave, I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing for the last few years. I’ll be in Phoenixville, out at events (looking forward to the Goat Race), slurping ice pops at the farmers’ market and enjoying the shops and restaurants downtown. I hope to see you around, and I hope that you’ll keep an eye on the Patch, which you as a community helped build.

For all Patch-related questions and comments going forward, please e-mail Phoenixville@Patch.com or my regional editor, Tom Murray at tom.murray@patch.com.

Megan Inmon April 05, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Lynn, it has been a pleasure working with you and you are a true professional! Your tireless efforts and dedication have made such an impact on this community and all of us are forever grateful. =)
Heidi Sue Kaminsky April 05, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Lynn, you have a gift for writing. Thank you for helping our community to learn more about what is going on around town. You will be missed! Best of luck with your new ventures!
Jaxxon April 05, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Congratulations, and thank you for all of your hard work making the Phoenixville Patch a meaningful site for the community!
David Curran April 05, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Thank you Lynn, you certainly set the bar high for your successor.
Emma April 05, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Great work, Lynn! Thanks for all you did here and best wishes with your new job!
matt fink April 05, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Lynn, thank you for the great reporting we have missed for years. Good luck with the new job.
Jeffrey Vicki April 06, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Good luck Lynn!
Erin Marie April 06, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Agh! You will definitely be missed! Thank you for starting this site -- it is my go-to for local news. Congrats on your new job & best wishes to you!! You'll be awesome. :)
renee halloran April 06, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Lynn, I will think of you each morning as I check out The Patch. You know I am your #1 fan! (lol!) I hope we can still rendezvous and laugh over lunches. Good luck at your new job... of course we all know you will be outstanding! Phoenixville readers will miss your efforts terribly.
Gil Zimmerman April 06, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Best wishes and good luck on the new job, Lynn. You made the Phoenixville Patch a vibrant destination for news, community events and divergent opinions. Your persistence and ubiquity will be missed!
Chuck April 06, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Lynn, all the best in your new endeavor. You've given us a steady hand with good (and tireless) reporting. Thanks for a really good year and a half. I hope that your replacement can fill your shoes. You've done a remarkable job in bootstrapping the Phx Patch! Best wishes, Chuck
Kathy Wilson April 06, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Lynn, Thanks for starting the rescue pets column and the individualized help you offered every time I needed to know how to post something on the site. I doubt any editor elsewhere would have taken time to do that! Best wishes on the new job. You won't know what to do with all of the extra time :))
Cynthia Krommes April 06, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Lynn, Thank you for your very fine work on Patch, your love of Phoenixville, your balanced, accurate reporting and your careful and respectful attention to the English language.
Ginger Murphy April 06, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Congratulations, Lynn! As is evident from all the comments here, you will be missed! You truly filled a need for news in our community at an important time. Happy trails and I hope to bump into around town sometime!
Lynn B. April 06, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Lynn, thank you so much for giving us the Patch. Its been so long since Phoenixville had news reported to them. Hopefully, someone can keep up the good work. Good luck in your future endeavors. Lynn Bozzelli
Brian Peppel April 06, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Lynn, Thanks for your service to our community. You have been a tremendous asset to our community. Your reporting has always been fair, accurate and articulate. I wish you well.
P-ville-resident April 06, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Lynn....you will be truly missed, Thank you for your time and dedication. You must of logged many hours while working at the Patch but it shows in the content that you delivered. This is the place I go every morning to get the news in our town. Thanks again
Karen April 06, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Sure you won't change your mind after reading all the wonderful comments, Lynn? Many thanks for all the support and help you gave us on the fireworks program and the breast cancer fundraiser. We will miss your passionate dedication to your writing on these stories and all the coverage of the Phoenixville area. Suggestion, Lynn. You might want to print all the comments to show your new employer. Let him/her know some residents believe your new salary should be doubled! :) Good luck, Lynn!
John Colarusso April 06, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Lynn, You will be missed, you did an outstanding job. I wish you the best of luck in your new position.
Lionel Hutz April 06, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Lynn, best of luck in your new job. You had done a great job of keeping the website interesting and relevant. Good luck
SKH April 06, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Thank you Lynn, for keeping me in touch with my home town!
Jim L. April 06, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Hey Lynn, Best wishes to you in your new job. You and your excellent reporting style will be sorely missed by all the fan's of The Patch. Let's hope your replacement can match your abilities..........Best wishes to both of you !!
Mary Louise Miller April 06, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Who is going to follow me around now with all of St. John's UCC events! I do hope to see you around. Thank you so much for what you've done for our church. I was very blessed to run into you that December day caroling downtown. My best wishes for whatever the future brings for you. Mary Louise
Deb Johnston April 06, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Lynn, I will miss seeing your smiling face at borough meetings and especially miss your accuracy and attention to detail. You have filled a void for the borough. Good luck with your new endeavor, I know you will do a great job! Deb
Patrick Lowery April 06, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Thanks for all your hard work and dedication. Best wishes in the new job!
Bob Byrne (Editor) April 07, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Lynn, you are one of the best and you will be missed by your friends and colleagues at Patch. You have been a trailblazer and it's obvious by the comments and well-deserved accolades that you will be missed by your readers as much as your fellow Patch editors in surrounding communities. Best of luck in your new gig. You've set the bar high for all who will follow you!
Jay Beckerman April 07, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Lynn, thank you for a job well-done. Yours has been a continuing example of journalism as it should be done. Your work is worthy of SPJ/SDX membership. I hope you find opportunities to teach in a setting where quality matters.
Su Gould April 07, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Lynn, best of luck to you in your new career! Thank you for your support of Firebird Children's Theatre. Phoenixville will miss you.
Janice M. Swarr April 07, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Lynn, you have a gift and I will miss you very much. I have enjoyed both our friendship and our association through Patch. You've been really good to us at Forge Theatre. You have the cutting edge type of reporting style that will take you far. We were lucky to have you here as long as we did. Love, Jan Swarr
Ike April 12, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Good luck to you Lynn,your a PRO.What i like about you i that you let u that have a strong opinion ,voice it .You even lt the crooked ones HAVE THEIR SAY too.THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK!

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