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A Fond Farewell

Palos Patch editor Dan Lambert is moving on to start up a new Patch site.

I've never been very good at goodbyes, but I'll give it a try. 

For the past two years it has been my absolute pleasure to serve as the editor of Palos Patch. In some ways it seems like it was just yesterday that I was driving around town taking pictures and preparing the site's directory

Time has flown by and it's time for me to move on. Starting tomorrow I will be shifting my attention over to a new Patch site that will be launching later this month. Beverly-Mt. Greenwood will be the first Patch site in Chicago and I am thrilled to be at the helm. I will also serve as the co-editor of Evergreen Park Patch

This is an exciting new challenge and a sign of Patch's growth and vibrancy. Palos Patch launched in August 2010 as the third Patch site in Illinois and the 102nd in the country. We now have 60 sites in Illinois and more than 850 across the country. 

The wide range of stories I have covered is a testament to the unique characteristics of this community. From and , to and I never ceased to be amazed at all that the towns of Palos have to offer.

Even in the face of tragedy and incredibly sad crimes, the and compassion of Palos residents has always been apparent. You care so much about your community. That only encouraged me to be better at my job and provide you a site worthy of its readers.

I have met some amazing people in Palos Heights, Palos Park and Palos Hills. I thank everyone who allowed me to tell their stories and who shared their perspectives on the Palos area.

I also have to thank the municipal employees, police officers, firefighters, educators and elected officials who embraced Patch and recognized the service we are trying to provide to the community.

Fear not, you are in excellent hands. Starting Wednesday, Nick Swedberg will be the new Palos Patch editor. Nick is an experienced journalist and was the founding editor of St. Charles Patch and most recently has been running Oak Forest Patch. We will be working together to make the transition a seamless one, and I am sure he will take the site to new heights. 

You can follow me over on the Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Patch Facebook page and if you want to follow the news in those communities

My name will still pop up on the site every now and then and I will probably run into a few of you at a Palos restaurant or event every so often.

You've all taught me so much, I hope in my own way I informed you a little. Stay proud Palos!

And send all those news tips to Nick at nicks@patch.com or palos@patch.com. We love those things.  

Colleen August 07, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Best of luck on your new adventure Dan! I am sure the Beverly-Mt.Greenwood Patch will be very successful just as you have made the Palos Patch.
Bill August 07, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Dan: I always thought you handled yourself professionally at all times. You were a good Comment mediator. I will miss those interviews you did with Chief Carr - a good piece of investigative reporting. But that wouldn't be a surprise to your teachers at MHS. Good luck to you. Bill
Palos School District 118 August 07, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Thank you for your service to Palos SD 118 and the entire Palos community. You will surely bring success to the new Patch site you are launching. Best of luck Dan. Kerri
Scott Allen August 07, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Best of luck to you Dan, thanks for all the great reporting, especially the coverage of our Vets and service members. Scott Allen
Kent August 07, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Dan, You showed a great dedication to the Palos area while maintaining high integrity. I will miss your reporting. I wish you all of the best in your new opportunity. Good luck. Kent Oliven
Jim McGonigal August 07, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to the Palos area Dan, You will be missed. Nick has some big shoes to fill. Good luck on you new adventure, see you at the South Side Irish Parade.
Wendy LoCascio August 07, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Dan! I'm truly happy for you but, you will be missed. You have helped us sooooo much and we will always be so thankful. I appreciate your fairness and willingness to REALLY help people. We wish you the best. HUGS :D
Billable Hours August 07, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Can you please take Ivent with you to Evergreen?
Dan Lambert (Editor) August 07, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Thanks, Colleen.
Dan Lambert (Editor) August 07, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Thanks, Bill. We hope to get some new partnerships with Marist up and running soon.
Dan Lambert (Editor) August 07, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Thanks, Kerri. It was great working with you. Good luck on the start of the new school year!
Dan Lambert (Editor) August 07, 2012 at 09:40 PM
It was my pleasure. You put on some great events for the community.
Dan Lambert (Editor) August 07, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Thanks, Kent. I loved covering Palos Park. Best of luck in the coming years. I am looking forward to see what the village puts together for the 100th anniversary of incorporation.
Dan Lambert (Editor) August 07, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Thanks Jim, I'll be there!!
Dan Lambert (Editor) August 07, 2012 at 09:42 PM
It was great meeting dedicated small business owners like yourself. I'll still be stopping in every now and then for those lunch deals!
Dan Lambert (Editor) August 07, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I'll miss all my frequent commenters, Billable Hours.
Nick Swedberg (Editor) August 07, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I do, indeed!

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