Darien Patch Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

I've written thousands of words this year, but there are two that are important today: Thank you.

As I write this on Friday night, I’ve just gotten home from annual , where students get the chance to sing solo versions of popular songs. 

I can’t think of a better way to have spent the eve of the first anniversary of Darien Patch.

The Pop Show exemplifies the spirit of Darien: people coming together to support each other and celebrate their passions.

There was so much energy and excitement in that room. You could just tell this was one of those special nights those kids will always remember. They sang their hearts out.

I often think I have the best job in the world because I get to be present for so many of these special moments in Darien — the meaningful ones both large and small that together shape a community.

Last December I was there when a second-grader at named Nicholas marveled about the a eighth-grader had written specifically for him. It’s a precious tradition between the schools that lets the little kids feel like stars. 

Just weeks later I was present for the of Major Marc Provenzano, who was coming home to Darien from his second tour in Afghanistan. 

As a journalist, I’m supposed to stay on the sidelines, keenly observing but staying out of the picture. That day I couldn’t keep the tears from welling in my eyes as I watched the hundreds of children who lined the drive in front of cheer for Provenzano as his car drove by.

invited me to stand in the center of his hives over the summer.

I lasted about 15 minutes in the aboveground pool that houses the pulsing swarm. But Buckley couldn’t have been more casual as he lifted the hives’ wooden planks, heavy with honey and crawling with hundreds of bees.

Every day is an adventure as I get to know the people of Darien even better and understand even more what makes this community what it is. 

So, on this first anniversary of Darien Patch, thank you. Thank you for letting me into your lives. Thank you for letting me tell your stories. And thank you for welcoming me into your community.

It’s been a great first year, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Michelle Iskowitz October 29, 2011 at 01:26 PM
Happy First Anniversary Darien Patch! Lauren, I think you've done a tremendous job as editor! Best wishes, Michelle
Lauren Williamson (Editor) October 29, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Thank you so much for your kind words, Michelle! You deserve a HUGE thanks as well for all the work you've done as a reporter this year.
Stacey Tantillo October 29, 2011 at 02:11 PM
Lauren, I have had the pleasure of meeting you personally. Your friendly, out-going nature makes you a natural reporter. Thank you for all of your hard-work and keep the stories coming! Cheers to another great year and many more!
Deb Barrett October 29, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Congratulations, Darien Patch, and to you as well, Lauren! Your affection for this community really shines through. Thanks for all your work and best wishes for the future! Deb
Cari Barcas October 29, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Congrats on an amazing milestone, Lauren! In one short year, you've established Darien Patch as an invaluable resource of news, information and community for residents. I can't wait to see all the great stories you'll share in year two! Keep up the awesome work!
Lauren Traut (Editor) October 29, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Congratulations, Lauren! You've gone a great job with Darien Patch! Quit setting the Patch bar so stinkin' high. :) Your Friend in Patch, Lauren Traut Editor, Oak Forest Patch
Amanda Luevano (Editor) October 29, 2011 at 09:33 PM
Congratulations, Lauren! You have done an amazing job!
Lauren Williamson (Editor) October 29, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Thanks, everybody! All the well wishes really mean a lot!
Shannon Antinori (Editor) October 30, 2011 at 01:50 AM
Happy anniversary! Keep up the amazing work! P.S. I would never have had the nerve to get into that pool full of bees! You are a far braver soul than I!
Christine October 30, 2011 at 04:23 AM
Congratulations Darien Patch and Lauren. Thank you for your devotion, hard work, excellent writing, and your commitment to Darien. Here's to many more years!
Brian Feldt October 30, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Happy one-day-late birthday to Darien Patch! You've done a great job and Darien is lucky to have you, Lauren!
Nancy Urban October 30, 2011 at 04:49 PM
Lauren, congratulations! All of your hard work has paid off ! Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to blog on the Patch and thanks for the coverage of my Music and Theatre classes that I hold at the Darien Park District.THANKS!!
Krishan K. sant October 30, 2011 at 10:20 PM
Lauren: It is hard to believe that PATCH is only one year old. Thanks for an outstanding job you have done by keeping us updated on local affairs. We pray that God bless you and Patch an outstanding success in years to come. Keeep the good work. Kris
Melissa Sersland (Editor) October 31, 2011 at 03:21 AM
Congrats, Lauren!! I'm so glad we're Patch neighbors and that you're covering my hometown! Go Eisenhower!
JGMB March 15, 2012 at 03:14 AM
You've done a great job so far, Lauren, and I look forward to much, much more!! One thing I've often wondered, though, as I've seen you at events all over town . . . do you ever sleep?


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