A Note from the Editor and Publisher – End of Year 2021

Jen and Rebecka, March 2021
by Rebecka Hoyt, Editor, and Jen Garry, Publisher

Jen and I (Rebecka), are collaborating on this issue’s Note from the Publisher and Editor. As the year comes to a close, we are reflecting on the last ten/eleven months since we started talking about starting this newspaper and how this is now the 18th issue on the 18th of December! Wow, eighteen issues! The 2021 year is almost done. I don’t know about you, but it’s been flying by for me. When I was a kid it seemed like nine months of school took forever to get through, except my senior year, but then I was always told that when you get older time flies! And those words are still true today.

Running and managing an online newspaper isn’t completely easy. If we didn’t know how to do something, or we received comments on something that needed to be corrected, we figured that out and learned how to not do that again. We are always learning and listening. Thank you for the article suggestions, as of today I received two while I was downtown! Please do not hesitate to ask us to write up an article on your business or a business that you really like. Our readers like our community articles! And then I (Rebecka), like getting to know the business owners and now we’re on a first-name basis when we see each other. When we all get to know each other a little bit more, the kindness and love in our community grows. 

Even though we haven’t had the newspaper a whole year yet, we decided to do something different for this issue. Yes, you will still see some of the regular articles, however we are adding the most popular articles of each section. Then, each team member chose their favorite article/photo/comic to share with you and a short summary of why it was their favorite. So, if you didn’t get a chance to read any of those items, you can in this issue. This was quite hard to do as everyone who wrote an article that is presently on our team, they put a lot of their heart and volunteer work into each article they write, the photos they take and the comics they make. We are very thankful to have them on our team as well as others who have submitted articles this year that are not on the team! THANK YOU WRITERS!! I do have to give a few more thanks: for my husband, Tom and daughter, Julie, for putting up with my late night edits before the issue gets published and for not stopping at my business hour as I type this. It’s now 5 minutes passed and I don’t get paid for it! Then, for my great friend, business partner, and publisher, Jen! You do so much and making our swag, I am glad that you messaged me back in January to see how you could help with this idea I had! THANK YOU!!

Additionally, I (Jen) would like to echo our thankfulness. We as The Buchanan Chronicle could not do what we love without our writers, our readers, and our many supporters; so thank you all so much!! Also I definitely want to remind our community how much we love to hear from you, suggestions, articles, connections, and more! Buchanan shows us this time and time again: by coming together as a community we can accomplish more than we think is possible.

It is our hope that you will be informed regarding Buchanan, MI happenings, whether you live here or far away, thank you for taking the time to read, and we hope that you have a chance to visit “The Nicest Place in America!” While checking out The Buchanan Chronicle Facebook Page, please share our page and website with your friends and family, keeping our community informed! Thank you for a great 2021, we can’t wait to bring you all the local news as we go into 2022!

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