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Springing Into Dundalk Yet Again

New Dundalk Patch Editor Marge Neal returns to the community where she launched her journalism career 13 years ago.

I went into the reporting business to write about others.

So I'm always a bit stymied and run into writer's block when I have to turn the pen—keyboard?—toward myself.

I'm tasked with telling you a little bit about me—your new Dundalk Patch editor—which seems almost silly, given how many of us already know each other.

But here goes.

It is often said that life is a circle and we regularly end up right back from where we started.

That's the case today as I return to my journalism roots with my appointment to Dundalk Patch.

I've had an on-again, off-again relationship with Greater Dundalk for nearly 30 years as jobs have taken me in and out of the community.

As the recreation center supervisor for the West Inverness community in the mid-1980s, I had the opportunity to meet many of you when I worked for the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks.

In 1999, I left county government to work as a reporter and later associate editor for , again finding myself in the community after working my way around the beltway with Rec and Parks.

I left the "Iggle" just over four years ago to work for a daily newspaper in Frederick County, and started with Patch last September.

The opening at Dundalk Patch presented an opportunity to return to the community I have always loved to brag about, and I'm excited to once again be entrusted to tell your stories.

And what timing, with the St. Patrick's Day parade just around the corner!

Speaking of the day of green beer, I'm particularly excited to be back in an area known for $1.60 pints of imported brews!

I look forward to reconnecting with Dundalk, Turner Station, St. Helena, Edgemere and Fort Howard friends while building Dundalk Patch into the go-to media voice for all of Greater Dundalk.

That, of course, can't be done without you. Dundalk Patch is a community and it needs your participation, your eyes and ears, your tips and your contributions to be successful.

Send me tips and upload your own photos, announcements and calendar listings. If you own a business, claim your listing in Dundalk Places for free. I'll do my best to make sure Dundalk Patch is reflective of you, your accomplishments, your businesses, your schools, your churches, your community and homeowner organizations and, of course, your rec councils.

I can be reached at marge.neal@patch.com.

See you at the parade!

Monica March 07, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Don't forget to include Graceland Park in your news too! The best people are in Dundalk and would give you the shirt off their backs. No snobs, just good decent people.
Marge Neal March 07, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Eleanor, I'm glad you mentioned Graceland Park! In reading my column again, I saw that I forgot to list it. GP is certainly a part of this Patch!
Candy Richardson March 08, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Yea!! Welcome back! I will watch for you next week. I will be in the St. Patty's Day parade with good old CCBC.Just in case you are in the parade I will look for you down at Logan. Back on the Dundalk beat. Way to go Marge, cograts.
Marge Neal March 09, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Hey Candy! I will not be in the parade but I will be covering it! Hope to see you then!
Candy Richardson March 09, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Yep, Hope to see you there!!

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