[Posted March 24, 2020]
This project has been in the works for a while, but I was motivated to get things going sooner rather than later by all the changes we've seen just in the past week. COVID-19 has already changed our daily lives in so many ways, and the impact will continue to be huge as this plays out. In the coming days, months, and even years, what changes will we see to our community and the way we live in it? I hope that the Hillsdale News will once again be a resource that informs us about the place where we truly live, here in Hillsdale with our friends, families, and neighbors as we see what comes next.
The original plan was to publish monthly. If there are new developments in Hillsdale to report, however, the frequency might be bi-monthly or maybe even weekly until things settle down. I will keep you posted. These are early days for this re-boot and there will doubtless be many changes to come. You can help! Please email me with your feedback and ideas for improving the newsletter and website to make the Hillsdale News a better tool for continuing to build our community.
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Introducing the New Hillsdale News
by Rick Seifert
In 2015, at the age of 73, I decided to step down as editor of the HIllsdale News. When I set out to find a replacement, Valeurie Friedman was on my short list of people to approach about taking over. The stars weren’t aligned correctly for her or any of the others I approached.
And so the Hillsdale News died.
Fortunately, the stars are now realigned for Valeurie. And frankly, her revival of the Hillsdale News comes none too soon considering these trying times.
Even in normal times, the strength of any community resides in its ability to communicate with its members. I often hammer on the idea that communication defines community. Without communication, we are just a bunch of folks who happen to live in the same place. I also add that strong, civic-minded communication creates strong, civic-minded communities. Disruptive communication destroys communities.
I fervently hope that Hillsdale News readers will do more than read this publication. I hope they tell others about it and use to it as a public forum.
To be sure, the quality and success of a publication result from the skill and perceptivity of its editor. But just as important is the sustaining support of the community — readers, businesses and public institutions.
I urge you to use and contribute to this revived Hillsdale News in order to shape and strengthen Hillsdale.
Thanks, Valeurie, for stepping up. And thanks in advance to you, Hillsdale residents and businesses, for reading and engaging with the Hillsdale News, and, in so doing, nurturing our beloved community.