April Blog

Mike Antonelli
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This issue marks Tualatin Life’s 8th anniversary and my first anniversary as publisher. I thought it would be an appropriate time to check in with our former publisher, founder and friend, Jonathan Crane. You can read his interview, conducted by Jordan Berriér, on page 4. 

I owe a big debt of gratitude to the many individuals that have been involved with the paper over the years, and allowed us to thrive as a local, community newspaper.

First of all, I wanted to thank our contributors who continue, after eight years, to take the time out of their busy schedules to write monthly columns. A fundamental of Tualatin Life is the idea it would be a community-supported newspaper, and we would be built upon the support of the community. Although there are too many people to list here, there are several people I’d like to single out (Apologies to those I’ve missed):  

Loyce Martinazzi writes the monthly Tualatin history column, which is the #1 answer I get when I ask people what they like about the paper. Dale Potts has steadfastly documented the stories of Tualatin Veterans in his Veteran’s Corner column. Kim DeMarchi provides the foundation for our kids and family section with her Passport to Parenting column. Larry McClure handles our monthly calendar, as well as a variety of other feature articles. Susan Noack contributes a monthly column on Aging issues. And, last but not least, Jonn Karsseboom (owner/operator of the Garden Corner) shares his poetic musings, usually containing a bit of insight he’s picked up in the garden.

And then of course, I would be remiss not to mention our advertisers. We have a wonderful group of advertisers, many of which have been with us from the beginning. It’s an expensive endeavor to produce, print, and mail over 12,000 copies of the paper every month, and we would be unable to do it without the support of the local businesses you’ll find throughout these pages. Please take a moment to thank them by patronizing their businesses.

And finally, A big Thank You to you… our readers – especially those who have taken the time to contact us and make comments, suggestions, or even complaints. One of the most rewarding aspects of this job is hearing from our readers after an issue comes out.

We wanted to do something special to commemorate our 8th year, so we’ve printed some full-color, glossy window stickers. If you send me an email, or a letter to the address below, I’ll send one (or two if you ask.) If we see one on your car, you might be accosted by our ‘Prize Patrol’ and receive a special gift!

Michael Antonelli – Publisher

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