Great partnership makes
A community newspaper is positioned to produce unique special publications, but newspapers cannot be effective unless the business community steps up and partners with us on the worthiest projects.
One example of that partnership in action is the Military Salute that you will find in this issue of the Vilas County News-Review and The Three Lakes News — a special section filled with feature stories on soldiers from numerous wars, the profiles of active-duty military personnel and a wealth of information on local veterans organizations and pending legislation.
The salute comes during National Military Awareness Month and in time to promote the Memorial Day ceremonies that are planned in virtually every community here Monday, May 27. Many of the photos in the special section were taken during past Memorial Day services, where Americans take time to honor the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy in these United States.
Freedom is not free. Our national security costs billions of dollars but none of those costs compare to the burden being placed on the military and their families. The vast majority of Americans who don’t serve will never fully understand the long-term impact of wartime on veterans and anyone close to them. The current war on terror is no exception.
We’d like to salute the veterans who shared their wartime stories in this special edition. We’d like to thank the veterans organizations for the civic-minded work they do and the help they provide in welcoming soldiers into their ranks. The credit for this section goes to everyone who contributed.
From the standpoint of a community newspaper, we want our readers to know this Military Salute would not have been possible without the support of the businesses and organizations that took ads supporting our effort. Our civic-minded partners on this project deserve much of the credit.
As the state Department of Tourism announced last week that travelers spent more than $382 million in Vilas and Oneida counties in 2012, events like the Journeys Marathon get credit for boosting tourism during the pre-Memorial Day fringe season.
The 17th annual Journeys Marathon last weekend drew participants from 16 states and Sydney, Austrailia, for a marathon, half-marathon, 13.1-mile power walk and a 5-kilometer event. In total, a record-setting 1,028 participants, plus their families and friends, gave a boost to the tourism industry in the greater Eagle River area. Many of those guests will return again for another visit.
And best of all, the fitness-minded individuals are promoting the sport of running, which has the potential to make positive lifestyle changes on the community as a whole.
Hats off to the sponsoring Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, events coordinator Kim Emerson and the more than 250 volunteers who made it all happen.
Behind the editorial ‘we’
Members of the Vilas County News-Review editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.
|Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:10 PM|