Tiverton-Little Compton Patch Editor Says 'Good-Bye'
I will never forget the experience of being your editor.
To my Tiverton and Little Compton Patch readers, the time has come for me to cast off my bow and stern lines, open my main sail and return to the open ocean. I am not accustomed to saying ‘farewell’ often. This decision did not come easy, but today is my final day with you as your editor.
Since that day in November 2010 when you welcomed me to the Sakonnet area, I have been truly blessed with a diverse, inquiring and highly active readership. For that I thank you, because to return day after day to read your local news, to post your events and announcements and to have engaging conversations about the issues that matter most to you, this site is becoming what you, the community, make of it.
In no way can I take full credit for manning the helm here alone, because it has always been you - the parent, the student, the teacher, the elected official, the concerned citizen – who has made Tiverton-Little Compton Patch your viable news and information source.
As a Cranston native, this area of Rhode Island was completely new to me. I’ve been grateful to meet so many inspiring people. I am flabbergasted that already a year and half has passed, and there are still so many unwritten stories to be told. Will you continue that effort while I’m gone?
Thank you, to the community leaders who have steered me in the right direction. Thank you, to those out there who wanted their voice heard. I hope I reached you, and if I did not, that opportunity will exist long after I am gone. In a short amount of time, and with a little extra effort, patience and compassion, many of you opened your lives up to me. I am touched by that and won’t forget those conversations.
I am fully aware of the issues that face Tiverton and Little Compton, and I hope you continue having beneficial dialogue with each other so you face whatever challenges and scenarios that await you, together, as one community. I am also well aware of the positive, heart-warming and cherished stories that exist here. You all shine brighter than you may think.
My gratitude goes to the local schools, police departments, fire departments, local and state elected officials, public works and town employees and everyone in between. Special recognition goes out to a dedicated bunch of colleagues, writers and people who worked closely with me, including Sandy McGee, Lindsay-Wilkes Edrington, Scott Pickering and Sara Bagwell, as well as Linda Andrade Rodrigues, Christopher Shott, Ned Brady, Bailey Payer, Don Mosher, Pat Souza and, of course, my Mom’s Council. I can’t go without thanking my family and friends near and far, because you’ve been there to provide endless, unconditional love and support.
Moving forward I hope that you will embrace Patrick Luce, the Rhode Island Associate Regional Editor who will be taking my place until a new editor is chosen to lead Tiverton-Little Compton Patch. If you have photos, news tips, announcements, feedback or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact Patrick at Patrick.Luce@patch.com or by phone at 401-651-2102.
Thank you again to each and every one of you for not only helping to shape Tiverton-Little Compton Patch, but also for being a tremendous impact on my life.