By Terri Wiebold
The interesting thing about publishing a newspaper is that you have to think a month ahead of where you really are on the calendar ... writing deadlines, print production schedules, planning meetings, etc., all happen in advance of the month readers receive the paper. This is especially challenging for me because I am that person who can’t put up Christmas lights or decorations until after the Thanksgiving holiday is over. I am a linear thinker and I operate in a “one day at a time” mentality.
So, although you are reading this after the packages have all been opened and the sparkly ball has dropped in Times Square, my reality is it’s mid-December and I am on press deadline. Here I sit, trying to reflect on a year that is not yet complete and look forward to a new one that is full of promise.
Some memories to celebrate from 2018:
– We partnered with nearly 300 businesses and organizations; roughly 85 of which were new to The Connection.
– We spotlighted close to 100 nonprofit organizations and donated more than $16,000 to local charitable organizations.
–Readers embraced the expansion of the E Guide to include all things Eating, Entertainment and Events, making it a valuable addition to the newspaper.
– Relocating and enhancing the monthly Community Calendar brought added value to our readers and advertisers.
– An archive of the community’s history going back more than a decade is now available electronically on our website.
– The City of Castle Pines honored us with its first-ever “Community Partner of the Year” award.
– Several new staff members joined our graphic design and writing teams.
As owner of The Castle Pines Connection, I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of this community, and it is my privilege to be able to share the amazing stories and photos of the extraordinary people throughout the 80108 ZIP code. Thank you for the opportunity to do so!
2019 brings with it a big milestone for The Castle Pines Connection – our 10-year anniversary. It was February 2009 that the first issue of The Connection hit homes and businesses in the 80108 ZIP code, delivering “a little good news” to readers. We’ve enjoyed looking back and sharing “throwback” stories with our Facebook and social media followers.
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