Faith Mayer has joined Patch as a freelance feature writer. Faith received her degree in professional writing from Fitchburg State University in 1988 and has been writing locally ever since. She has written for many newspapers,magazines and newsletters. She has spent her career covering local characters and events in several local communities. Faith is a resident of Rutland, and grew up in Holden. She is the mom of four active children, three sons and a daughter, and spends much of her time sitting on bleachers cheering her kids on. Faith is greatly looking forward to returning to community journalism in a new forum.When not busy writing, Faith can be found on local hiking trails with her husband, John, or in her den scrapbooking with her whippet, Snickers, at her feet and two cats curled atop the books.