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Patch Passes a Milestone — More Than 500 Sites

There are now more than 500 local Patch sites across the nation.

This week marked a major milestone for the Patch.com national network of local news sites, to which El Cerrito Patch belongs.

Wednesday saw the 500th hatch of a Patch — Hopkins Patch — in Hopkins, MN, a town just west of Minneapolis of 17,000 people (about the size of Albany). It grew from the 1887 founding of a threshing machine company. The Wikipedia entry for Hopkins says it has twice been in the Guinness Book of World Records, "once for world's tallest water tower, once for most bars per person."

While El Cerrito Patch, like each of the other Patch sites, belongs to the national Patch network, it operates under the independent direction of a local editor (me) and a crew of local journalists. We got our packaging from the national Patch brand, but the contents are devoted entirely to bringing you the most comprehensive coverage of El Cerrito that can be found. What you find inside the package is, in short, what we members of the community of El Cerrito are creating.

Nevertheless our membership in the greater Patch network means we can also draw upon the vast resources of America's fastest growing news organization. We are happy to welcome Hopkins Patch to the family. (And we are happy to note that the outside temperature in El Cerrito at the moment is 57 degrees, while that in Hopkins is 20, which may explain Hopkins' abundance of bars.).

Al Miller December 11, 2010 at 07:33 PM
Charles, congratulations to you and your other 'Patchers' on achieving the 500 milestone! And thank you for enabling our El Cerrito to be one of the 500. I can't think of many other things we share with 500 other communities across the U.S. It is fun group to be part of, and like our Rialtos Cinema Cerrito Theater, our elcerrito.patch is helping to put a 'there' here in El Cerrito.
Charles Burress (Editor) December 12, 2010 at 12:36 AM
Al, thanks for the encouraging words, and for helping to make El Cerrito Patch a valuable community resource.
Doug Donaldson December 30, 2010 at 03:05 PM
Charles, I lived in Hopkins, MN for a long time and graduated from Hopkins High School. Glad to see it has a Patch site. And I am very glad to discover that you are the editor of the El Cerrito Patch. EC is fortunate to have you. Doug Donaldson (via Albany Patch)
Betty Buginas December 30, 2010 at 03:19 PM
Doug, And we are very fortunate to be able to see your wonderful photographs when we visit our nearest Patch neighbor, in Albany. Your "All Was Calm" photo (http://albany.patch.com/articles/view-from-albany-all-was-calm#photo-4157224 ) was spectactular!
Doug Donaldson December 30, 2010 at 06:38 PM
Thanks so much. I can take pictures in El Cerrito, too. In fact, I am a member of the El Cerrito Art Association, a fine organization and a possible source for lots of good material for Patch.
Betty Buginas December 30, 2010 at 07:25 PM
I will be sure and tell Charles!
Betty Buginas December 30, 2010 at 08:55 PM
Doug, Did you do anything special to get the "All Was Calm" photo? The colors look so rich!

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