Gratitude and joy as 125th celebrations come to a close

It’s been a summer of celebration of local journalism in the Northwest Corner, spurred by the 125th anniversary of the founding of this newspaper, The Lakeville Journal, in 1897. Here’s hoping you were able to join in some part of the festivities, from the community Street Fair to the exhibit at the Salisbury Association’s Academy Building (which is still going), to the movies at The Moviehouse, to the combination of the Salisbury Forum and the Newsprint Jubilee gala last weekend, Sept. 16 and 17. It’s all been exhilarating and encouraging for those of us who are committed to continuing the tradition of keeping local media alive for our communities.

Those communities have made it clear, not only through their participation in the 125th events, but also through their support of our new nonprofit organization, that they do value local news coverage and want us to stick around into our 126th year and beyond. Our goal is to live up to your expectations and produce the best local journalism we possibly can. As we move forward into our next chapter, we encourage all our readers to share with us your opinions and your thoughts on how to best serve your community’s needs.

As our world evolves, The Lakeville Journal will continue to evolve. It will take good judgment and knowledge of our Northwest Corner towns to do that in the way that works best.  That we will ask you to help us understand better every day. We will be putting out a survey once again to you, our readers, to gain more insight into your direct wishes.

Please take part in that survey, and use this opportunity to continue to build community here  and to connect with us all at The Lakeville Journal. In the aftermath of so much connectivity this summer during our 125th anniversary celebratory events, especially after more than two years of distance created by the pandemic, it’s only to our benefit as a region to keep that direct communication going.

Thank you to all who took part in these events, and to all of you for your support, whether as advertisers, donors, subscribers, readers of the news from copies you buy at area stores or online. We are here because of you, and for that you have our profound gratitude. We take your confidence in us and your belief in local journalism very seriously.

With your continued collaboration, whatever that looks like, we will hope to fulfill our mission well into the future:

Our goal is to report the news of our communities accurately and fairly, and to foster the free flow of information and opinion.

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