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Happy First Birthday Clinton Patch!

Seems just like yesterday that this thing called "Patch" came to town.

It has been one year since the Clinton Patch launched!

As its editor, I'd like to say "Happy First Birthday" to the site and give a little birthday speech:

First, thanks to all the Clintonites and those who live outside town (former residents, students away at college, even two European residents!) who have and use it every day to get their local news. And a big thanks to the many people who have downloaded our app to their iPhones and smart phones. Thank you.

Second, a thanks goes out to many town officials who have supported the Clinton Patch including who directed residents to the website for up-to-date information during Tropical Storm Irene, to for mentioning the site on many occasions, and to for using the site and especially our Facebook page to send out information during blizzards and snow storms to the residents. 

The list is too long to mention, but I sincerely thank the folks at , all four , the and departments, the , , , , , and so many more town organizations and businesses for embracing Patch, posting events and announcements and granting us interviews.

Speaking of interviews, there is no way the Clinton Patch could be what it is today without the enormous help of a group of awesome contributing columnists and freelance writers. A very special thanks goes to , , , , , and . Many others have written stories and contributed photos along the way and I thank them, too.

It's been a big year for the Clinton Patch!

We covered a (OK, a tropical storm), , a , , , , and many other stories that generated plenty of conversations.

In photos and videos we've covered the , the , , the , the and the among many other events.

We've written about and events.

We've made 587 "friends" on our Facebook page and sent 930 Tweets.

And we've covered 1,000 meetings (OK, maybe 150).

Here are some statistics for you:

We've published 2,846 articles, 1,343 events, 173 announcements, and 130 blog posts. We've profiled 62 Clinton businesses in our special "" articles and 663 businesses are listed in our directory.

There's a lot more to do, say, and talk about on the Clinton Patch! Happy Birthday Patch.

Bruce Langevin December 08, 2011 at 11:06 AM
Thank you for being a great source for Clinton news. I lived in Clinton for 33 years before I moved away in 2010. Clinton is a great community with a lot of great people. Reading articles on the Clinton Patch has been very informative and entertaining. Wishing you all a happy holiday season.
Carrie Jacobson December 08, 2011 at 11:16 AM
Happy Anniversary, Clinton! What a great first year it's been!
Elissa Bass December 08, 2011 at 11:34 AM
Happy Birthday Clinton Patch and congratulations to you Fay for a stellar first year! We look forward to many, many more!
Paul Petrone (Editor) December 08, 2011 at 01:19 PM
You've done an awesome job Fay, congratulations!
Pem McNerney (Editor) December 08, 2011 at 01:43 PM
Happy Birthday! Congrats on a great first year!!!!
Bree Shirvell December 08, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Happy Birthday Fay and Happy Birthday Clinton Patch. Can't wait to see what the next yearwill bring.
Jane Scully Welch December 08, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Back in the day...we had the Clinton Recorder....now we have The Patch! thanks Fay and good work!!
Bill Thorndike December 08, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Hi Fay! (I think of you and Pem as our western bureau.) You have done such a wonderful job with the Clinton Patch. It is a model for other Patches. I'm sure Clinton readers appreciate all that you do. Congratulations!
Stan December 08, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Wonderful resource. Wonderful spirit. Vital and top-notch. Thank you and congratulations!
Dirk Langeveld December 08, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Happy double birthday, Fay! You've been doing a great job.
Sarah Page Kyrcz December 08, 2011 at 11:27 PM
What a day for Fay! Celebrating two birthdays in one day...now that's the way to do it. Happy, happy to Fay and Clinton Patch ~ you both deserve a great day!!

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