The Revival Of Local News

Community News at it's best thanks to Larry Smith and The Patch.


We are all very busy with kids, work, and life in general. When I was little my grandparents used to have the Windsor Locks Journal delivered to their house on Suffield Street.  

They knew what was going on in their community. They looked forward to "Cabbages and Kings" by Jack Redmond. Then the traditional community newspapers disappeared.

Some say the decline in local news is a reflection of the poor economy. Others say it's because of easy access to internet, radio, and television news.

Recently a resurgence of community news has recently re-appeared, with The Patch leading the charge. The Patch has become to me what The Windsor Locks Journal was to my Parents and Grandparents.

At the heart of the Windsor Locks-East Windsor Patch is Larry Smith.  I got to know Larry during the October Storm/Power Outage. He was at the every day reporting on the power restoration efforts, and how the community was doing. Larry was a true warrior, working his job with no power at his home.  

Since the storm I have noticed Larry everywhere, town meetings, sporting events, and community events. He always has his notepad and camera with him.  

I just wanted to say Thank You Larry for your hard work, and fair reporting. You have become a vital part of our community. 

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