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Growing with Bel Air Patch

Local girl takes on local editor job with Bel Air Patch

Growing up in Harford County has always been something I'm proud of. As a kid, living in a Bel Air area neighborhood with plenty of children my own age was like an adventure. It was safe for me to run and play outside and I did plenty of that.

When it came time to work, of course, I stayed close to home, helping out at . Along with learning about plants, flowers and how to work the computers, it was there I memorized all of Harford County's zip codes, not just my own 21014.

With my mother being a Harford County girl and a graduate, I heard about a time when current Bel Air retail areas used to be cow pastures. With the experiences of my mom and family members to bolster my own, my connection with the area seemed to stretch beyond my years.

After graduating in 2008 from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, I returned home jobless. A search that felt like an eternity ended with a job at the Aegis newspaper. From undergraduate photo intern, to fresh-out-of-college editorial assistant to reporter, my new career helped me to continue growing in my knowledge of the county that has been my home since I was 2.

Harford County has its quirks, yes, but I tend to love people and places for their details and am looking forward to further expanding my knowledge of the county as the new editor of Bel Air Patch.

I welcome input from you, my neighbors, and plan to continue the good work that my colleague Brad Gerick has done to keep our community informed. Feel free to drop me a line, Facebook comment or tweet if there's something you want covered because Patch is, afterall, about you and this place we all call home.

Tom Dixon November 01, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Kirsten, welcome on board Patch. I always enjoyed your writing at the Aegis so I look forward to a more regular opportunity to read your work. Best wishes and I'm sure that you will do an amazing job.
Rob November 01, 2011 at 04:14 PM
oh geeze.
Hazzard Native November 01, 2011 at 05:11 PM
Welcome! Was that you that I just saw this morning at the accident scene on routes 22 & 543?
Jeanne Donohue November 01, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Good luck from a Bel Air native now living in NJ and contributing to Ocean City (NJ) Patch!
HarfordLassie November 01, 2011 at 06:05 PM
Welcome from one of your bloggers. Looking forward to working with you.
RP November 01, 2011 at 07:02 PM
Really Rob why do you have to be such a donkey. People like you are what's wrong with the world.
Rob November 01, 2011 at 07:06 PM
I've heard that before, and I agree with you wholeheartedly.
RP November 01, 2011 at 07:07 PM
You're a miserable person, You left this on Brads goodbye. "Rob 12:43pm on Monday, October 31, 2011 Finally."
Rob November 01, 2011 at 07:08 PM
lol I rule!
R Collins November 01, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Good luck:!
Paula Blanchard November 01, 2011 at 09:23 PM
Welcome, Kirsten. I remember reading your articles in The Aegis and look forward to seeing more from you on the Patch. Good luck!
Trawn M. Wolson November 01, 2011 at 11:22 PM
will the new editor be a male or a lady
Bertrand Mitchup November 01, 2011 at 11:24 PM
hello kirsten it is nice to meet you good to see a nice young face here on the patch
RP November 01, 2011 at 11:24 PM
Is this a joke? Not to be rude but did you read this article?
Trawn M. Wolson November 01, 2011 at 11:36 PM
hi rop, yes i did read the article, i just missed it the first time through i see it now silly of me thanks
Michael Gira November 01, 2011 at 11:44 PM
I like that profile picture
AMF21040 November 02, 2011 at 02:18 AM
Welcome!!!!
Beth Buffy Garrett November 03, 2011 at 01:58 PM
Welcome Kirsten. Best of luck. Brad did leave big shoes for you to fill. I hope you continue to be very prompt on the Breaking News emails. They have been so very timely and valuable. I appreciate the immediate 'heads up' about breaking situations and then the followup as more information becomes available. Those alerts are what made me positively advertise your site to many people who became subscribers. It is an excellent tool that helped make The Patch what it is today. I hope you will be like Brad and get the immediate word out about the situation, even if all the details aren't known yet. Just the quick initial breaking news email is often enough to let me know to avoid an area or pay closer attention on how the situation may involve me or others in the community. Looking forward to getting to know you through Patch! Beth in Joppa
j johnson (formerly jj) November 03, 2011 at 04:03 PM
Yep, definitely a troll. Just ignore him.
Ahmad0001 December 18, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Really Rob why do you have to be such a donkey. http://www.onlinedatastoragesite.com/softwares/twin-boot-operating-systems.html

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