Turning the Page, by Judy Kearns

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Thursday August 30, 2018

Last week, I welcomed Lee Kahrs as she began her tenure as managing editor of The Other Paper. Lee is well-versed in community journalism and dedicated to the newspaper’s commitment to serving South Burlington as the primary resource for information, reflection and opinion through in-depth coverage of the city’s government and schools, residents and businesses. As she takes the reins, I am excited for her to discover all that is unique about our city.

When I look back at my work over the last decade as publisher, editor and owner of The Other Paper, I am grateful for the opportunity to record the history of this city and its people and to shine a light on what connects us as a community. It has been my privilege to cover the accomplishments as well as the issues South Burlington faced as it worked through growing pains and controversial topics. But what I loved most was bringing neighbors into each other’s lives every week with individual stories of struggle and success, along with the kind acts and good deeds of countless residents who have made our little corner of the world a better place.

At the heart of this community newspaper is a small but mighty group of staff members, correspondents and contributors who bring talent, grace, humor and steadfast dedication to their jobs and to our readers, every week. I am honored to have been part of this devoted team and grateful to every one of my wonderful colleagues, who have truly become family. Together, The Other Paper family joins the Stowe Reporter newspaper family. I’ve enjoyed a close relationship with the Stowe Reporter since I began working in advertising sales with The Other Paper almost 20 years ago. I have great respect for their commitment to community and top notch journalism, so it was a natural choice to partner with them as the next owners of the newspaper. As I begin my next chapter at The Other Paper as the director of sales for the Chittenden County community newspapers in the Stowe Reporter group, my focus will be to continue to connect readers to local businesses to help keep our economy strong.

Finally, a warm note of thanks to you, the readers, for all of your support along the way and for proving in so many ways that you care deeply about our community. At a time when the world revels in its ability to communicate instantly, I will always believe there is something essential about the familiar rustle of the pages of a hometown newspaper that informs and unites us. I look forward to seeing you around town and as I turn the pages of The Other Paper.

 

SOURCE: Judy Kearns, The Other Paper