Two years ago today, Huntington Patch was launched through the efforts of some hard-working people that came before me to lay the foundation for a local site, like our nearly-900 other sister sites throughout the nation, which are truly changing the local news industry.
As a former print journalist and magazine editor, I took over as local editor at Huntington Patch about 10 months ago. For me, the exciting transition to the cutting-edge Patch way during the past year has been fulfilling for me both professionally and personally on many levels.
But it's not just about us here, it's really about all of you.
Today's Huntington Patch birthday celebration is a shared milestone which has come about through support and accomplishments that have far exceeded the expectations and goals of the first day of launch Feb. 10, 2010, in a community that is tuning in and embracing the hyper-local Patch approach — and most importantly, becoming a part of it.
In the years since we launched, we've published more than 4,000 articles and videos, not to mention the great blogs, business listings, a full calendar of events, our roundup of local announcements and much more.
Patch is truly about community, so as we blow out the candles on this second birthday, hats off to anyone who has commented on an article, placed an ad, contributed a story or news tip, liked us on Facebook, tweeted us on Twitter or faithfully followed us through our first two years to get the news of the town and whatever else Patch provides to you.
And as we continue to evolve and grow we hope you will continue to:
Sign up for Newsletters: Get Huntington-specific news delivered right to your inbox every morning or once a week. The site is updated multiple times each day, so news is always fresh.
Rate Local Places in the Directory: The Places tab of the site features every business, school and organization in town. Use the section to find phone numbers, addresses, hours or to rate your experience there.
Track Traffic and Gas Prices: This newly-added tab features a live traffic map of how traffic is flowing in Huntington. There's also a live listing of the least expensive gas available in the area.
Add Photos to the Community Gallery: We're always taking photos around Huntington at events, but we want to see your best shots too. Add them to this gallery so your neighbors can see. You can also add photos to articles by clicking "Upload" near the photos we've featured.
: We love discussion and smart debate and our articles are a great place for the community to do so about meetings you may have missed, new initiatives, school accomplishments, vacant properties and more.
Huntington Patch would not be possible without the guidance of Regional Editor Jason Molinet, Associate Regional Editor Pam Robinson, Senior Regional Editor David Reich-Hale and the work of Advertising Manager Meryl Kessler and Calendar Editor Samantha Powderly.
Cheers and happy birthday!