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Farewell From Your Editor

Danville Patch editor, Elizabeth Shemaria, who launched the site in Feb. 2010 as this first Patch site in Northern California, is passing the reins over to a new editor. Say goodbye before my last day on Oct. 7.

Dear readers, friends and others in the Danville community,

After almost two years working as your Danville Patch editor, a new editor will be the face of the site after Oct. 7.

As editor, I have had the opportunity to meet several of you at community events, town meetings, while on assignment for stories, and once, at a Saturday morning dance class at .

It has been wonderful getting to know the community and the interesting people who call the San Ramon Valley home.

I have interviewed an , , , , an , and so many others.

There were the times I worked nonstop for several days, such as when and contributor and I updated you with the latest news about the search. Seeing the feedback from readers about our work let us know how much you appreciated our efforts.

It has been a pleasure working with all of our amazing contributors on Danville Patch, including , , , , , , , , and . Editing their stories and photos each week taught me a lot about this community, as each shared a perspective of life in Danville or Alamo and the stories that are compelling to them.

Many of the stories you read on Danville Patch are part of a team effort by all of our great Tri-Valley editors: Jennifer Wadsworth, the former editor at San Ramon Patch, Erika Conner at Dublin Patch, Tanya Rose at Pleasanton Patch and Kris Noceda at Livermore Patch, as well as our neighbor at Walnut Creek Patch, Lance Howland, our and .

A special thanks goes out to Erin and Ford Andrews and their staff at for welcoming me for many hours at a time, as I worked on stories in downtown Danville. I will miss all of you, and of course, the famous Watermelon Mint Cooler.

I hope everyone who visits the site will think about sharing your story with the contributors and new editor.

Don't be shy.

Say hello, if you see them with their notebook, pen, and camera, at one of the Hartz Avenue street fairs or a football game.

Send a news tip, if you hear helicopters flying over your house, or smoke and fire trucks on your street, and they will find out what is going on.

Write in, to tell the editor about the humanitarian project your daughter is working on during her summer off from school.

Speak up, about the new development in your neighborhood by writing that letter to the editor.

Stories, told here on Danville Patch and in the conversations at coffee shops, schools and dinner tables, make up the fabric of any community.

Tell yours on Danville Patch, and contribute a little patch of yourself to the community.

Bill Sefton October 03, 2011 at 01:25 PM
Thank you for Patching me into our community!!!
Camille Debreczeny October 03, 2011 at 02:11 PM
We'll miss you, Liz! Thanks for being an awesome editor
Lobo October 03, 2011 at 02:15 PM
Well done, Liz! All the best.
Kim October 03, 2011 at 03:39 PM
I wish you all the best Liz in your next "assignment". Thank you for keeping me and the community informed on the happenings around us! Fondly, Kim Lindeberg, Chairman of the Board, Danville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Kirsten Branch October 03, 2011 at 05:01 PM
A distinct pleasure to work with one so talented and generous! As a writer, I have appreciated your ability to simultaneously support while pushing me to be better. As a community member, I appreciate the unbelievable hours of commitment you invested with a sincere belief in telling the "small" stories that reveal a community. You will be missed! Looking forward to watching your new chapter unfold.
Amy McCurdy October 03, 2011 at 05:06 PM
I've really enjoyed working with you, Liz. You're a great editor! Enjoy the next phase of your career.
Kathleen Kull Urban October 04, 2011 at 07:26 AM
Danville's been lucky to have such a talented and dedicated editor. It's been a pleasure to work with you from the launch of this site to the addition of Alamo news. You will be greatly missed. Wishing you all the best in whatever you pursue!
Lauren Holloway October 04, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Liz, you have done such an outstanding job, and will be missed! I appreciate the Patch so much for the detailed community information. I first learned about the Patch last year at this time, when I found all the answers to questions I didn't know I had about the high school's Homecoming Week. From then on, I was hooked--and I've turned so many friends into Patch readers as well. Being a contributor came later; I'm delighted to be part of Patch--and I can see firsthand how hard you work. Long hours: you respond to emails at 5AM or at midnight, and your follow-up is immediate and appreciated. I'm sorry to see you go, but I am happy for you in your new opportunity.
Cheri Eplin October 05, 2011 at 01:47 AM
Liz, you will be missed! You have been wonderful to work with and have taken risks with me and laughed with me and as an editor, always made my pieces so much stronger! Wherever your new path may take you, you will continue to touch many more people with your talent, patience, and openness to life and all it has to offer. Wishing you all the happiness in the world and a promise that we will, in fact, keep in touch AND meet at least a couple times a year for coffee/chai! :)
Sharon Burke October 06, 2011 at 05:21 PM
You have done a good job, Liz. I see information on Patch that I don't see anywhere else. It has become a go to site for me. Thanks for filling the void and covering local issues so well and good luck!
Paige Nues October 06, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Thank you Liz for all you've done for our community. Your talent, energy, dedication, enthusiasm, and sincere interest in the people you meet will carry you well in life. These talents applied have made Patch a great resource for news about Danville. Thank you and good luck to you! Paige
Louise October 10, 2011 at 06:01 AM
Wow- JUST found this site, and you have left! Bummer- big shoes to fill by someone!
Steven Lau October 26, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Thank you, Liz, for all your work with Patch. It was a pleasure contributing to the Danville during your time as editor. You were always flexible and helpful, and the Danville Patch has consistently had great stories in all areas of the news. Good luck with your future endeavors!

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