What do readers of a community paper want? That’s not such an easy question. I watch another community paper in our area, and although I disagree with some of their editorials, I do admire their product. It is my understanding they lose about 40-50 subscribers per year, while this paper gains about 40 new subscribers per month, except these past summer/fall months. For four straight months, our circulation gained over 100 new subscribers per month. All this while I was a virtual cripple and found myself sleeping in a hospital bed, unable to walk much. Together, with theGenesee Sun, we are now the largest paid circulation within Livingston County.
And my goals are simple ones: to have fun and do good. Next year promises to be more fun than ever. I am formulating plans with my team to provide even more information and entertainment to our readers.
And here is the best thing: The cost for both the Genesee Sun and The Lake Country Echo will not increase, although your benefits will greatly expand.
Why? Because I believe in community. Yes, I know I was not born here, but you folks treat me well and make me feel a part of you. I am surrounded by great people who volunteer their time for no other reason than to bring you a first-rate community paper. Now, with the ownership of The Genesee Sun, things will get even better.
In upcoming issues, I will detail more of what you can expect from us, but for now, Happy New Year, and enjoy reading a paper written especially for the people of our community.
To that end, a special story is enclosed on Ralph Parker, owner of the Livonia Inn. He was honored as a 50‑year Rotary member. Mr. Parker has been a long-time advertiser and supporter of this paper. According to others, long before I took over this paper, he had ”rescued” it several times so that it did not fold. Our community owes much to Mr. Parker.
Our “Bandit,” Dave DiFranco, is back with another fishing article, this time on catching Bluegills in the winter. Our Cecile Dunkleberg mulls on Letchworth State Park. Mr. Englebrecht writes about looking at the Masters for Inspiration.
Town Supervisor of Lima fills us in on what is happening there.
Rich Lovelace, back from France, writes about his trip. Jordan Griffen writes about his dog.
Our new columnist, Ms. Pankratz, was well received last month. In this issue, she writes how she came up with such an unusual name for her column.
Meanwhile, our resident farm expert, Valerie Moss-Deegan, showcases “free college” that might be especially relevant for those youths with farm responsibilities.
And we have our other usual and valuable contributors: Spellini’s column on the Conesus Fire Department, while always good, is especially enjoyable this month. Pat Ransom, Marilyn Stuart and Elnora Teed write their columns on our “golden years” residents.
Elnora Teed and I ran into each other at Leisure’s Restaurant, and I had her take her first picture ever with my phone camera. Somewhere in this book, you will find a picture of a bunch of “Silver Sneakers” participants having a lunch with their mentor. Not bad for a first try Elnora!
Jerry is talking Bluetooth in this issue. I do wonder if he needs to see a dentist? No, that’s not a medical or dental condition, but something quite different in technology. You will be sure to learn something you didn’t know about Bluetooth from Jerry that you didn’t know, when you read his column this month.
Plus more, including Joyce Rapp remembering when George Bush came to visit us. Wiggins provides another great recipe.