By now we’re sure you are aware that there have been some changes at the Mystic River Press, the most obvious being that we have stopped running the Currents center tabloid section.
The reasoning for this is twofold. Currents was created out of a need on the production and distribution side of the house, and changes in those areas have allowed us to discontinue the section while providing the same amount or more space for local news. Currents, admittedly, had little local information aside from the cover story, and it really had no true identity. Without it, we can do better.
The feature story of the section has always been a joy to write and so we will continue this tradition in the pages of our regular paper. These stories give us the opportunity to focus on someone or something that is important to our area. In some cases it’s about incredible people and their accomplishments, such as Capt. Bill Palmer, a pilot, captain and diver who is an expert on the sunken U-boat to the east of Block Island and the last battle of the Atlantic. With more than 40 years of experience, this adventurer sails out of Mystic.
On other occasions we bring you to interesting places, most recently the Denison Homestead and Museum. Its history is pre-Revolution by more than 50 years and the organization that operates it has started a regular lecture series. Have you ever been to this local treasure?
Then there are the events, and our features that examine what is going on. Last year we took a look at the Outdoor Mystic Art Festival and the WoodenBoat Show among others. There’s never a dull weekend in the summer around here and we promise to continue providing all the details of each event.
In the past, Currents also contained helpful tips on gardening or the environment. There is nothing wrong with that, but we’ve made a conscious decision to bring you more local news instead. Now, we’ll have the space to do it.
When you read our next edition on March 20, it will be the first day of spring, the spring equinox, when day and night are each 12 hours long. The earth’s northern axis begins pointing toward the sun and the days begin to get warmer. It’s no coincidence, then, that we are beginning to see more events taking place on our calendar. Whether you call it cabin fever or spring fever, people are making plans for another busy summer. When that happens, you can count on our print edition to add pages and provide more information about local events in the neighborhood. If you are wondering about the Mystic Schooners, the Downtown Mystic Merchants or the streetscape project, we plan on being there the entire way.
In a similar manner, we will also be improving our website, mysticriverpress.com and Facebook page, keeping them up to date with the latest events and news. Our paper is published weekly but the news and events wait for no one, so we plan on posting them immediately.
Last, but most important, we would like to hear from you. We want to know what you think. What are we doing right or wrong? Are there certain events that deserve more coverage? Do you know of an interesting person or place that deserves our attention?
We are your newspaper and would like to hear from you. You are always encouraged to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we look forward to your insight.