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St. Charles Editor Says Goodbye, Thank You

My time with Patch comes to an end Oct. 15.

Kalen Ponche served as founding editor of St. Charles Patch from October 2010 to October 2013.
Kalen Ponche served as founding editor of St. Charles Patch from October 2010 to October 2013.
I'm sad to report that my final day as founding editor of St. Charles Patch will be Oct. 15.

Effective Tuesday, the editors who ran the 24 St. Louis-area Patch.com sites will be laid off as part of a corporate restructuring by AOL.

Most of the sites, (except Maryland Heights Patch and Webster Groves Patch) will remain open for community use for now. Users are still encouraged to continue sharing news on the community boards, posting events and blog posts.

I'm not sure what the long-term plans are for the site, but while it is still available, you can access the three years worth of news stories about the city.
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I launched St. Charles Patch in December 2010, almost three years ago. I just wanted to say that I have so enjoyed my time in covering this community. It's been a wonderful challenge starting a news site from scratch and such fun to write about a community like St. Charles.

This town is filled with people who are passionate about the community about seeing it grow and add new development, while respecting the history. Telling stories about St. Charles has been interesting and fun. I hope I helped foster community discussion and provided a virtual space for neighbors to connect. That was always the goal for Patch.

I also wanted to say thank you to the many people who sent news tips, posted photos, uploaded events and contributed to the site. Many of you stopped me to say hi or offer a bit of information while I worked at Picasso's or the Bike Stop Cafe. I'm grateful for your generosity and your support.

I'm sure I'll see you around at my favorite coffee shops, walking along on Main Street and at a festival or two.

Best,
Kalen Ponche

Find me on Twitter @kponche
Myra Lopez October 14, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Kalen, you did a great job. I so enjoyed co-working with you during my Patch days. Good luck going forward.
Jeanne Malmberg Spencer October 14, 2013 at 07:55 PM
What a shame. This site has a small, but loyal following and I will miss the news. I haven't read a newspaper in many years and saw Patch as a great way to get quality local news without the hassle of a paper subscription. I've used multiple parts of the website. I hope the service will resume in the future.
Carol Felzien October 14, 2013 at 11:02 PM
St. Charles will not be the same without you writing for Patch, Kalen. Thanks ever so much for your expertise and due diligence over the course of the past three years. It has been a great ride, and despite our loss, we'll anxiously await hearing about the next big thing for YOU! Good luck and pls keep in touch...BEST!!
Dorris Keeven-Franke October 15, 2013 at 09:25 AM
Kalen, You have been a great asset to our community! I will miss your leadership of Patch, but I know that with talent like yours, that next door will open, and more great things will happen! Stop by the Archives, or come see me anytime, we must keep in touch. Enjoy your new family and may your future be bright.
D. Miller October 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM
This is very unfortunate. I have really appreciated and enjoyed Patch. As most of us know, it's hard to get real local news and information in St. Charles these days - especially ever since the STL PD cut back a few years ago. Best wishes!

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