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It's Official: We're Now One Year Old

Peachtree Corners-Berkeley Lake Patch launched one year ago today — and what a year it has been.

Birthing a new online news and information website is no easy task — it takes a lot of behind-the-scenes work to make it happen.

But the job has its perks. It has given me the chance to meet so many of you since launching this site one year ago today.

It's been a pleasure getting to know you. You've all been great, you've welcomed Patch into your homes, you've sent me emails, made comments on the site, and I just want to say thank you.

I decided to use this one-year anniversary as a chance to reflect back on some of the events over the past 12 months.

Just a month after we launched, the metro area saw a record amount of snow that literally closed down our cities. Roads were impassible, trips to the grocery stores, to restaurants and shopping centers, all came to a hault. Even the U.S. Post Office couldn't get through to deliver our mail for almost a week. At Patch we spent our time taking snow photos and keeping up to date with school, business and road closings.

A year ago, the city of Peachtree Corners was just a dream for this community, and now it's a reality. I consider it a privilege to have been able to witness the birth of a new city. It's not something many of us get to experience in our lifetimes. And I look forward to covering the upcoming elections and all that follows.

And this time last year the citizens of Berkeley Lake were struggling with how to pay a $3 million repair tab on their storm-damaged dam. Fortunately, FEMA came through and will reimburse the city for the majority of the repair cost. The work has yet to begin on the repairs but by our second anniversary, the lake should be full again and citizens should be enjoying the centerpiece of the community once again.

And there was a lot more, but rather than trying to recapture the past year's events in words, take a look back at a year in photos. And feel free to add your own.

Alex J. Wright December 14, 2011 at 01:58 PM
Judy, The Patch has been a great addition to the community. It has been a valuable forum where local topics could be debated and hashed out. It has been like living in a small town again with a newspaper focusing on local issues. It definitely helps create a stronger sense of community. Well done.
Poncho Wilson December 14, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Outstanding!
Judy Putnam December 14, 2011 at 05:14 PM
Thank all of you for your kind comments, it makes all of the hard work worthwhile indeed.
Vanzetta Evans December 15, 2011 at 03:58 PM
Congrats Judy!
Kevin Madigan December 17, 2011 at 01:13 AM
Hey Judy, that's one heck of a fine website you have there... All your hard work has paid off. Many congratulations!

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