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Goodbye Town and Country - Manchester Patch

The fate of Town and Country – Manchester Patch is unclear, but thank you to all the amazing residents, community leaders and business owners who helped grow the site over the last three years.

Patch tent at the Manchester Homecoming Festival.
Patch tent at the Manchester Homecoming Festival.

It was three years ago that we launched Town and Country – Manchester Patch and now it’s time to say “goodbye.”  Tuesday, Oct. 15 will me my last day with Patch and I just wanted to say,  “It’s been an awesome ride!” 

It’s been crazy at times, but this job gave me the opportunity to meet some truly amazing people and work with the most creative and professional team. In addition to practicing the journalism and writing I love, Patch also taught me how to build a business from the ground up and gave me the opportunity to explore two amazing communities.

Unfortunately, Aol made the decision to cut the St. Louis area Patch websites as part of a company wide transition that’s taken place over the last few months. Although Patch editors will no longer be on hand in St. Louis to run the sites, the sites will remain up for an undetermined amount of time so bloggers and community members can continue to post items and use them as a community resource. 

With our last few days upon us, I just wanted to take the time to thank the community leaders, business owners and residents of Town and Country and Manchester for helping grow Patch. You also helped make this one of the best jobs I’ve ever had!

Although you won’t be able to find me on Patch after October 15, you are welcome to reach out to me on Linkedin with any questions.

Thanks for making my last three years challenging, exciting, unpredictable and awesome!

You stay classy Town and Country and Manchester! (I think most of you got that:)

Morning4Glory October 13, 2013 at 09:05 AM
I just found your site a few months ago and have been spreading the word to all my friends and family that you exist. I very much appreciated the local news that we never hear about (the good, bad and ugly) and will miss this information. Thank you for a job well done!
kent simons October 13, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Flattered to see that you selected my picture - fuzzy as it is - for your parting comments. I think there is something to the idea that the most interesting news is the local news. You and your team were doing such a GREAT job. I felt PATCH was successfuly negotiating the transition from print to digital media. I'm not so sure now. It's like even tho they are way, way ahead of the others Aol is quitting the race ten feet from the finish line. Thanks for being a positive voice in the community. Enjoy your new opportunities.
ckc October 13, 2013 at 09:44 PM
I sure enjoyed blogging at Town & Country Patch. Gabrielle, I enjoyed getting to know you and hope the best for you in the future. Patch was a great way to get local news! Good luck!
Bonnie Krueger October 14, 2013 at 08:53 AM
As we talked about, Gabrielle, I am not happy with the way AOL handled this phasing out. I think things could have been turned around a year ago if they had been more proactive in resolving the issues. I enjoyed meeting you and Kurt and working with you--your encouragement and the experience it gave me. I hope that this ends up being a stepping stone for something greater.
Gabrielle Biondo (Editor) October 14, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Thanks all! The site will still be up and running for an undetermined amount of time and you will still be able to post announcements and blog posts, just FYI:)
Kim Raile Smith October 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM
This makes me so sad. Although I haven't blogged in quite some time I have kept up every day with Patch.com. Very disappointed that AOL chose not to continue here in the STL metro area. Gabby it was a pleasure meeting you and I wish you the best of luck in the future, and I will always be grateful to you for jumpstarting my love of writing. You will do great at whatever you pursue in the future.

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