Friday, April 18, 2014

A-Z Challenge P Is For “Man Bites Dog”

It’s time to participate in the April A-Z Blog Challenge.  I will be blogging every day in April, with Sunday’s off. 
The topic for each day will begin with the designated letter of the alphabet.
This Friday’s letter is P.

I admit it, I subscribe to the “Patch”.  Not only do I subscribe, I also get alerts on my cell phone whenever there is breaking “ news” .  The Patch reports on local town news.  I should point out that we live in a rather small town with a population of around 20,000.   We have a large senior citizen community.   There are six Active Adult complexes which house over 5,000 people. 
More often than not, there are slow news days. 

Rocky the Bobcat

Although there are some serious articles posted on the Patch, I find myself giggling at most of the headlines. 
A recent ongoing story revolved around a missing pet bobcat.   
UPDATE: Rocky the Bobcat May Not Be Going To His Manahawkin Home After All

Today here is what is:
Trending Now on Patch
                Video Captures Runaway Horse and Carriage Ride

                Toddler Gets Stuck Inside Claw Vending Machine

How do you get your local town news?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Patch Media Corporation
Patch (website) logo.png
HeadquartersNew York CityNew YorkU.S.
Area servedCaliforniaConnecticut,DelawareWashington, DC,FloridaGeorgiaIllinois,MarylandMassachusetts,MichiganMinnesotaMissouri,New HampshireNew Jersey,New YorkOhioPennsylvania,Rhode IslandVirginia,WashingtonWisconsin
Key peopleBud Rosenthal, CEO
ServicesOnline news and opinion
OwnerHale Global
Alexa rank229 (U.S.)
Type of siteNews
LaunchedDecember 2007
Current statusActive is an independent US local news and information platform, primarily owned by Hale Global. As of June 2013, Patch operated some 900 local and hyperlocal news websites in 23 U.S. states. Patch Media Corporation is the operator of the service.

Why not check out some of the other 2033 participants in the April 2014 A-Z Blog Challenge.


  1. Sounds like a good way for you to get the local news; I always like to read some human interest stories in the newspaper rather than all serious, sad news. I don't get much local news these days, the town I live in used to have a newspaper that came out twice a week that carried local news but it folded a few years back and the San Diego paper is just so big it doesn't cover lots of our part of the county stuff going on.


    1. Check out the Patch. You might be surprised to find one that covers your area.

  2. We're a fairly good-sized city (not as big as LA, but what is?), so we've got the newspaper and such. The local news broadcast covers us most of the time, but it is a rather populous area...

    1. What I like about the Patch is that it covers the news almost like a nosy gossipy neighbor would.

  3. I'm going to check it out, but I doubt it reaches rural eastern Oregon. I'm still drawing a blank for P.

    1. It is getting more and more difficult for me as we get to the end of the challenge. Q???

  4. How big was that toddler?? Those doors aren't that big. I just read the article and couldn't read the comments. I'll go back and watch the video.

    I think my town has 10,000 people. The newspaper reads like a tabloid

    1. Yeah, that’s what I think is amusing about the patch, it’s more gossipy.

  5. In a town of roughly 6000 people, we get our news the old-fashioned way: second- and third- and fourth-hand gossip, mostly. :) We actually do have a local paper that prints four days a week and runs a webpage that's updated perhaps twice a week. They recently started a Facebook page as well, which is updated with "breaking" news once or twice a week. And the two radio stations in town read the police blotter a few times a day. In short, there's not a heck of a lot of "news" 'round these parts... :)