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Farewell, From Your Affton-Shrewsbury Patch Editor

Affton-Shrewsbury Patch will remain, but after Oct. 15 no local editors will remain in St. Louis.

Credit: Google Maps
Credit: Google Maps

Friends of Affton and Shrewsbury,

You may have heard that Tuesday, Oct. 15 is my last day with Patch, as well as all St. Louis area Patch editors. Patch parent company AOL made drastic cuts nationwide in August. This is the result in St. Louis

Affton-Shrewsbury Patch will remain, and you are encouraged to contribute your events, announcements and blogs.

Heading toward this conclusion, Patch layoffs in the spring led to shifting duties among remaining editors, and Affton-Shrewsbury was added to my plate along with Maplewood-Brentwood, which I’ve been with since March, 2012. By the way, I live in Maplewood.

I got to know Affton and Shrewsbury more intimately than I ever imagined. I’m grateful for the friends I made, and have loved reporting local news that I hope has made a difference in your lives.

I also thank you for sharing your thoughts on Patch, because the conversation is at least half of what’s all about.

I couldn’t put it better than how my friend Maggie Rotermund, editor of University City and Clayton-Richmond Heights, did about the best part of this experience.

“The best part of being a part of Patch is without question the people. That starts with the amazingly talented people I've had the great privilege of working with over the past few years and the wonderful people I've met as a Patch editor. You have made this job rewarding and challenging and I will treasure my time covering the news” of Affton and Shrewsbury.

Ceil October 15, 2013 at 09:25 AM
Patch has become my local news source. It's success has been largely due to the local editors. We will miss you and thank you for all your help!
Chris Mallie October 15, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Thanks for bringing us stories and angles that nobody else did. Best of luck to you!
Charles Duvall October 16, 2013 at 10:33 AM
Thank you for keeping us informed. I looked forward to reading the articles in the Patch. Hope you will still contribute if you can find the time. I wish you well and hope you will be able to find another position that challenges and interests you. Good luck Doug.
Barbara Gianino October 17, 2013 at 02:54 PM
I will miss the neighborhood news that you can not get elsewhere. You did a very good job and will be missed. I wish you all things good.
suetrueman October 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Well its been a week and the Patch keeps running the same stories, over and over again. Plus notifying me by email, so I think its something new. Is this the way its going to be with no local editors? I'll give you a few more days, then your going to be like all the other Spam I get....very dissapointed

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