Monday, April 27, 2015

Newsletter Coming Soon

Volunteers fold the locally printed Remington Community Newsletter
The re-launch of the Remington Community Newsletter print edition is upon us. Around 1,500 copies will be arriving at homes and businesses in Remington as early as this week. It's been exciting and challenging to get this thing up and running again.

When we lost Betsy as Editor, we also lost the financial support of the Episcopal Housing Corporation. Because of that, we had to raise the prices of our ads significantly. You might notice fewer ads this issue than you're used to. That's nice in its own way, but it means we had to tighten our belts, including by folding the pages by hand. I hope, now that we've proven we really can deliver a good quality news source, we can attract one or two additional sponsors; either welcoming previous advertisers back into the fold or finding new ones.

I want to express my gratitude to Good Doggie Day Care, Renew Botanicals, and Sisson Street Automotive for lending their support early. I encourage our readers to check out these local businesses when you need a place to park your pooch, a professional to pamper your skin, or a knowledgeable hand to keep your car in shape. These folks stepped up and enabled the Newsletter to return.

We also lost all the computer files that were used to make previous issues and editions of the Newsletter in the transition. But that ended up being a blessing in disguise. It was crash-course education in Publisher, the software I used to assemble the Newsletter, and rebuilding the template from scratch gave me the freedom to play with the format a bit. Ads are now sprinkled throughout instead of being concentrated on the back page. The text is a bit denser, the photos more prominent. 

I like the final product, but who cares what I think? This is your community newsletter, so I would love to hear your constructive criticism on what works, what doesn't, what could be better, and how. 

I'd also love to hear from anyone who would like to get involved, writing, editing, distributing, etc. A bigger team would be a stronger team, and I can promise some perks. What you can't see in the photo above, for example, is all the cheesecake and beer.

--Craig Bettenhausen, Editor