So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

It’s been a blast launching Woodinville Patch and watching it grow, but it’s time for me to say goodbye.


It's time for me to say goodbye, I’m moving on as editor of Woodinville Patch but I am not leaving the community. When I launched Woodinville Patch in December of 2010, I hoped I was producing a website that would be a place the community would come to discuss local issues, swap stories, post events and read the latest news on what is happening in Woodinville. My hopes have been realized, you have opened your arms and embraced Patch, and I am grateful.

One of the interesting things I’ve learned about myself from running the site is that I love social media and that is where I will be heading next in my career. But I will not be leaving Woodinville, this is my home. This is the community we chose to raise our children in when we moved up from Southern California, and it was a great choice. The people of this community are friendly, passionate and caring, and I am happy to call you neighbors.

I am stepping away from the site, but fear not faithful readers; I will leave you in good hands. I will be overlord of the site helping guest editor Robert Baldino until the new editor arrives after Labor Day. Lisa Baumann (no relation to the city council member) is moving from Minnesota, where she has been , to live here in Woodinville and take over as local editor. She is excited to be coming here and is an avid cyclist so watch for her on the river trail!

Oh, and the headline reference, for those of you who are not SciFi fans, is from the last book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide by Douglas Adams. Watch the video for the very silly opening song of the movie.

@TastingFoodWine August 20, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Good luck Annie! Keep in touch!
Greg Johnston (Editor) August 20, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Man I hate reading this! Thanks for all the help and support during this journey we began right about the same time Annie, you've become a fast friend and have been a wonderful colleague!
Joel Cuellar August 20, 2012 at 05:30 PM
We'll miss you and good luck on your new ventures!
Jennifer Hagander-Luanava August 20, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Best wishes to you Annie!
Caitlin Moran August 20, 2012 at 07:14 PM
You have a lot to be proud of from your time at Patch, Annie. We'll miss you!
Suzanne R August 20, 2012 at 09:57 PM
The good news is that you're still in Woodinville! Thank you for doing such a wonderful job with this site. Your successor has a hard act to follow.
Carolyn Hart Gutierrez August 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM
All the best to you, Annie... you will be missed! I hope we will hear from you now and then!
Brian Soergel August 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Good luck, Annie.
Kellie August 21, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Best wishes, you will be missed
Michele Lang August 21, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Good luck Annie!
Kat Stremlau August 21, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Annie, you did a fantastic job connecting with the community. Your passion for getting meaningful news out the community really shines through here at Patch. Can't wait to see what you do next!
Jeff August 21, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Annie, Thank you for all you have done for Woodinville.
Peter Tountas August 21, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Annie, the messages that you have received give you some sense that people really appreciated your efforts regarding the Patch and the Woodinville community. No question about it, count me in as one of your strongest supporters. You have "operated" the Patch with fairness, honesty, and integrity. You will always be part of this community and you certainly will be missed.
Ron Olson August 21, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Annie brought a lot more to Woodinville than a sounding board. The Patch has been an equalizer for presenting a side of issues that would never have been printed by other local media. Woodinville residents are lucky to have a person like Annie in town.
Tony Bussert August 21, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Thanks for all you've done Annie! Good luck on your next venture, I'm excited to see how it goes for you!
Sally Bradley August 21, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Annie, thank you for all you have done getting out the Patch. We here in our small HOA have used the Patch for getting word out on emergencies and more to all the members. Best for you in the future and looking forward to what Lisa will bring to The Patch.
Susie Egan August 21, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Annie, You broke ground here by starting the Patch here in Woodinville. You brought us all up-to-the-times at mega warp speed. You've connected us all together. And it could only be done with someone as smart (brilliant), adept, giving and kind as you! Thanks for all the wonderful articles on Cottage Lake Gardens and all your great support. I hope you will now have some long overdue time for yourself, your family and your garden. And I'm sure more great and wondrous things await you (and us) after you have a little r&r. Keep in touch! Susie Egan Cottage Lake Gardens www.cottagelakegardens.com
Robin Akkerman August 21, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Annie - you have been the "voice of Woodinville" and I for one, appreciate you. Thank you for all you have done, and thank you for your assistance!!!
Lucy Lotto August 21, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Thank you Annie for all your work. I appreciate your efforts and time!
Margaret Santjer August 21, 2012 at 10:51 PM
We'll miss you, Annie!
Brenda Vanderloop August 21, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Congratulations, Annie, on your new adventure. When things settle down, let's plan a coffee date!
Jeff Thomas August 22, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Congrats and thanks, Annie, as I among others will miss you online - but see you around town. Pop by any time you're nearby. You leave a wonderful legacy of work, and set a standard several of us tried to emulate. From the goodbye scene of a favorite buddy film, "You watch your tail, cowboy."
Kim Weers August 22, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Annie, I am not a Social Media person at all, but the Patch is the one e-mail I look forward to. You've been terrific about bringing the Woodinville Community the very latest news, some fun things to do (I bombed on the Olympic Trivia), along with offering some topics for discussion. Gosh, I hope your successor has some similar plans because this has been a wonderful ride with you! Good luck in your next venture! Kim
Jocelyn Campbell August 22, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Annie, you have led Woodinville Patch with a clear vision of providing news for and about the community, making it an incredibly useful resource in so many ways. Thank you for ALL that you have done and you will be greatly missed.
Lara Elizabeth Vyas August 22, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Annie, you have been a wonderful mentor. Under your tutelage, I have enjoyed writing for Patch immesely. I shall miss you at Patch but hope to keep in touch. All the best for your future endeavours. - Lara
Saira V. August 23, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Annie, I gave up reading the Woodinville Weekly several years ago due to dissonance between its coverage of city meetings and what I saw on TV. You and Woodinville Patch seem to present a balanced, unbiased view of the issues that kept me informed as a reader. Thank you and good luck in your new ventures.
Dale Knapinski August 23, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I have to agree that The Woodinville Patch was a welcome change to how information about the city is presented to citizens. Years of biased reporting by the Woodinville Weekly is a big problem, and the Patch finally gave a little breathing room for the truth to be included in the "News".


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