To all those who have subscribed to the Herald for years — and to those who are new readers — the staff of Herald Community Newspapers wanted to take a moment to say thank you. You enable us to do what we do.
Assembling a weekly newspaper — and now a daily website and newsletter — is no easy feat. It requires a small army of talented people, from editors and reporters to layout artists, photographers, advertising account executives, accountants, press operators, circulation managers and delivery drivers, not to mention human resource and corporate executives.
Subscriptions and advertisements fund all those salaries. So, to all our subscribers, and our advertisers, we very much appreciate your support during this trying time. We understand how fortunate we are that you have our back.
In return, we pledge to bring you the hyperlocal news that matters most to you. In normal times, that means stories about your friends and neighbors, schools and kids, village and town governments, and high school sports teams.
Things have changed over the past two and a half months. We still cover many of the same stories we always have, but our focus for the past 10-plus weeks has been on the coronavirus pandemic.
This is what matters to people’s lives now, at this moment in history. Our goal throughout the crisis has been — and will continue to be — to provide our readers with the vital information they need to make informed decisions in order to protect themselves and their families, while celebrating the many triumphs over adversity and mourning those we have lost.
Our longtime editors and reporters say this has been, without doubt, the fastest-moving story they have covered, and there are members of our staff who have been in the news business 30 and, in some cases, 40 years. That’s saying something.
The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged us, frustrated us and, at times, broken our hearts. It’s never easy to write an obituary, but during times such as this, it’s especially difficult. The virus has taken too many good people too soon. Telling their stories is our solemn duty, but it is heart-wrenching.
As we move on to the next chapter in this ever-changing drama, we’ll do our utmost to keep you informed. Thank you for making that mission possible.