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Goodbye from Your Editor

A Murrieta sunset (Photo by Maggie Avants)
A Murrieta sunset (Photo by Maggie Avants)

Stay classy, Murrieta.

Borrowing a line from the movie, “Anchorman,” I’m writing to say goodbye as the editor of Murrieta Patch as well as thank the community in which I remain a resident.

You may have heard by now that the majority of Patch editors were laid off on Jan. 29, myself included, as part of a company restructuring.

It is hard to capture in words my thoughts as I look back on the last three years and three months of my life. First it was building the site and preparing for launch, which happened in mid-December 2010. Then it was writing, videoing and photographing the news day in and day out.

Fires, accidents, and crime news also kept me busy. I also loved bringing stories about the great people of our community, some whom passed on.

Then there were the historic moments such as the City Council and School Board elections, the opening of the improved Clinton Keith and Cal Oaks freeway interchanges, the widening of I-215 through Murrieta, a new Christmas tree for Town Square Park this past holiday season, and a CIF Championship Win for Vista Murrieta High School Football. The list goes on and I am sure I have missed some.

What I found in all of this was that the community my family and I moved to in 2004 because of the great schools and family-friendly environment went way beyond that; it is a caring community. I hope that I helped it connect and stay informed through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for your patience, news tips, photos and support through it all.

It is my understanding that for the time being, some editors remain and are managing the sites. So please continue to support this hyper-local news platform by uploading your events, announcements and blogs.

I am grateful for the writers and bloggers who faithfully contributed to the site. I hope they will continue to do so.

I am unsure of what my immediate future holds work-wise. A break sounds nice right about now. But if you see me around town, please say hi. 

—Maggie Avants

Jessica Davis February 03, 2014 at 01:26 AM
Maggie, I worked with you for three years and it is sad to think you are no longer the Murrieta Patch editor. I read your site often because of the quality you brought to it. You are a talented journalist and a wonderful person. I wish the best for you as you transition to a new phase in your life. For now, enjoy your family and get some well deserved rest.
Maggie Avants February 03, 2014 at 01:58 AM
Thank you, Jessica, and will do! We met through Patch and now we've both moved on. I'm glad to call you my friend.
Kathryn February 03, 2014 at 02:16 AM
Maggie, On behalf of the Murrieta Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it has been a pleasure working with you over the last few years. You have been so kind, in helping us to share information about the community service projects, and events, that we plan. In particular, Mormon Helping Hands, Crystal Apple Awards, and the recent assistance you provided with the Town Square Park, Christmas Tree Lighting. On a personal level, it's been a pleasure to get to know you, and especially, finally, having the opportunity to meet you at the Neon Trees concert and have our picture taken together, with the band, at the meet-n-greet, prior to the concert; great memory! I'll definitely watch for you around town and via social media. When I think of the Murrieta Patch, I think of Maggie; you are the Patch. I wish you all the best, in your next endeavor. Warmest Regards, Kathryn Skaggs Assistant Director of Public Relations, Media/Social media specialist Murrieta Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Maggie Avants February 03, 2014 at 02:33 AM
Thank you, Kathryn! I appreciate that. You made it easy to share the news. Finally meeting you at the Neon Trees concert is definitely one of my best on-the-job memories ;) Thank you to The Murrieta Stake for all it does for the community. I have no doubt it will continue and flourish.
Noni Carino February 03, 2014 at 04:29 AM
I'm with Jessica. You are so proactive, you gave deep meaning to the journalism profession. It's because of you we are aware of our community. We will definitely say "hi", Maggie.
Bill Burchard February 03, 2014 at 07:51 AM
I'm sad to hear about this, Maggie. I wish you great success in your future endeavors!
michelle m February 03, 2014 at 09:28 AM
This is very sad, I had not heard. Good luck to you in your future endeavors!
linda_dozier February 03, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Maggie, this is very sad. I agree with those who say you ARE the Patch. As you know, I have truly appreciated you and the Patch for keeping us informed about news of our community -- both breaking news and that of upcoming events or honors. Thank you for all you have done and I wish you all the best.
southernbelle February 03, 2014 at 01:56 PM
I've only been coming to the Patch for a little over a month now and saw your name often on several articles. Thank you for keeping us informed. I appreciate the work it took and the time you must've had to spend monitoring all the readers' posts on your articles. hahaha, I'm sure that was entertaining at times. I wonder if you ever got attached to the readers, even the ornery, cantankerous ones because I would think many became like family. I know they already are feeling that way to me so I can't imagine 3 yrs of seeing certain characters banter, problem solve, insult, laugh, joke, compliment, encourage, each other like at a typical dysfunctional turkey dinner! hehehe Anyway--carry on Maggie, I wish you well. many many blessings to you and your family.
Michael Loeschnig February 03, 2014 at 03:12 PM
Maggie, it was great working with you for a little over a year. You taught me a lot! I wish you the best in your future endeavors! God bless!
LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT February 03, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Maggie it saddens me to lose both you and Toni as editors, I looked forward to reading your reports and updates. Did this have anything to do with the lack of advertising revenue?
Steve Newman February 03, 2014 at 03:50 PM
Maggie- thank you for your years as editor. Best wishes for your future- and you deserve some sort of medal for tolerating Jeff Kliiners and my sometimes painful discussions. Thanks again.
Sherry February 03, 2014 at 05:36 PM
And I thought things were suppose to be getting better...hmmm..Never met you, but good luck to you.
B-Cat February 03, 2014 at 05:56 PM
Maggie, As the editor of the Patch did you ever quote the famous phrase of another famous one "Great Caesars Ghost" Ok it wasnt the Daily Planet but it meant a lot to Murrieta it kept many of us connected on the issues. Thank you and the effort was worth it.
Jeff Kleiner February 03, 2014 at 06:12 PM
Maggie, thank you in all your help keeping our noses clean as much as you could.....good luck.
Mary Haire February 03, 2014 at 06:16 PM
Maggie, I agree with everyone- you ARE the Murrieta Patch! I have always associated you with the Patch since our move here and enjoyed seeing you at community events. You will greatly be missed! Enjoy your break and I hope something wonderful opens up for you!
Steve Newman February 03, 2014 at 06:57 PM
Convict- your nose will never be clean- it is too far up Obamas backside.
Mr. Logical February 03, 2014 at 10:17 PM
Thank you Maggie. May God bless you.
Sidney Kutchuk February 03, 2014 at 10:35 PM
So want now happens to the Murrieta Patch?
LM February 03, 2014 at 11:14 PM
Aww, this is horrible news! So sad to be losing you Maggie! Patch has become part of our community - a link to local news, a way to connect people, to partner together for causes...its really been a binding thread and things just won't be the same without you, a local resident who is invested. Good luck in future endeavors!
ms400 February 04, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Good luck Maggie. You know we could really use a hometown news site similar to Patch, Hint......
dmccarbery February 04, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Maggie! You and your efforts for news in this wonderful community have been and are extremely appreciated. Hoping your next 'page' in life will be as positive and beneficial as was your time getting our local news to all of us in the community. Enjoy what ever is next! And, enjoy that bit of a rest ;)
Maggie Avants February 04, 2014 at 06:28 PM
Thanks to each and every one of you for your kind words! I always felt I was blessed to be hired for this job. I'm optimistic about my next opportunity, whatever that turns out to be.
Timber February 06, 2014 at 09:53 PM
Thank you for the integrity you have shown. I am saddened to hear of your departure. Best wishes to you.
lisa haight February 07, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Maggie, On behalf of the Temecula Valley Woman's Club, I want to thank you for publishing our club's activities. The article you wrote after attending our Holiday Home Tour this last November helped us increase attendance, as after reading your article, many people decided to take the tour themselves. It helped us raise money to help improve our beloved community. Your enthusiasm for our community is much appreciated, and your presence at The Patch will be missed.
Brenda February 10, 2014 at 05:03 AM
Maggie, ahh dang not like we all, errr well Steve and I, didnt see something was up around here. I am so sorry to see you get given the boot by lasdjflasjdflsjdflsdjfsdjffjj$**$%*)$ the same who are unable to get the sales to keep the Patch going. Yes, I was calling names, and cursing!! I hate that business's are doing this to our residents constantly while they keep paying the head honcho's who dont have a darn thing with getting the final product out. I will talk about all the sad stories you have been called to write to us about. The murders of children, of older loving women being run over by cars, by all innocents on bikes, skateboards, walking, or in another car getting killed by some drunk driver who, or some women in a suv who plows through a Marine, with her child in the car, cause she fails to stop at a Red Light. The domestic violence, beating stories, burlaries, robberies, chases, and all the other not so pleasant stories. Oh, and lets not forget the Freeway wrecks. You have hung in their daily while all of the above, less then nice stuff, has just gotten worse and worse in our communities of Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar and all those Cities around us. Maggie you jumped in and got as much info as the laws would allow you to publish and was up and personal to things which most of us could not stomach, or would be shooting the perpetrator instead of writing a article for the masses. Then, the worse JOB!!! To keep the mean people off the comments areas. Or try to get them to just comment nicely and not call names or insult others. And Lord have we had our fair share of THAT. But you guys, Toni, Mirna, were always trying to deal with that too as you wrote the articles. It would have been nice that the folks doing those mean things would have stopped and you could have just done your job instead of babysitting a bunch of kids too. I imagine that some time off will make your family VERY happy until something else comes your way, which of course it will. Just make sure you put in that resume how many "hats" you had to wear here at the "Patch" including babysitter which was NOT in your contract! God bless you, take care of you and yours, be safe and I will miss you. Its already been a horrible mess around here with no news for any of the areas and the "Patch" needs to step up and inform its readers what its intentions are here. At this point it will never be the same when we had You, Mirna, Toni and Peter :) Good ole times!! Be sure to let us know when you get on somewhere else.
Brenda February 10, 2014 at 05:03 AM
Oh Oh, LOL, and of course my post had to be LONGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!! heheheheheh

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