Column: It's Not Goodbye, Just See Ya Later
Editor Heather Collura bids farewell after two years at the helm of Summit Patch.
In the last two years much has changed in Summit.
The school budget was cut last year by common council for the first time in anyone's memory.
One councilman was investigated on allegations of official misconduct and another was censured by council for exposing it.
A man was murdered in downtown Summit.
But in a lot of ways, not much has changed at all.
The governing body still struggles with balancing maintaining the level of services many Summit residents expect to find in the Hill City with fiscal responsibility in these difficult economic times.
The schools continue to excel at educating the children of Summit.
The community continues to innovate, to give back to others and to celebrate life in Summit.
When Summit Patch launched on Aug. 18, 2009 it changed the media landscape in this small city. Never before was the magnifying glass aimed at city officials 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Mayor Jordan Glatt once commented to me how amazed he was that just one hour after a ceremony he spoke at Summit Patch already had a story, photos and video feed of that very speech live on our site. The speed of life had changed.
Never before was there a place to celebrate lifes little accomplishments, whether through Athlete of the Week or through our announcements section. In fact, I celebrated my own engagement via Patch.
Never before was there a place online where community members could come together to discuss, debate and review.
And so, it is fitting that just shy of the two year anniversary of Summit Patch's birth, I am leaving my post as editor.
I have enjoyed every minute I spent as editor mostly because I have met many amazing Hilltoppers. I have covered historic moments in town and hopefully brought a life to the digital Summit.
But now it is time to move on. Personally and professionally much has changed for me in the last two years and as I prepare to embark on the next phase of my life when I marry my best friend this fall, it is time to relinquish the reigns and allow a new editor the chance to breathe their own life in Summit Patch.
I hope that you as a community will continue to read, continue to ask questions and continue to debate. Summit Patch is just a vehicle for many of the conversations already happening daily on the streets of this great city. Streets I am now proud to walk as a resident, just like all of you.
See you around town!