Everyone deserves a pat on the back

It really is a huge effort to put The Journal out each week.

Our communities have been through a lot this past year, both good and bad. It’s easy to remember the bad stuff while the good just goes with the flow.

There’s something about the bad that brings us closer together, though. Go figure.

Last year I wrote that there is a light at the end of the dark tunnel – Ashcroft Terminal and Constantia Mines in the Ashcroft and Cache Creek area are still with us, providing us with hope for better economic times.

And The Journal gets younger! Last year I made a mistake when I said we entered our 121st year of business… At some point this year we had to turn back the clock, and now we prepare to enter our 120th year. Still, not bad for a business in Ashcroft. We are the second oldest newspaper in BC, after the Chilliwack Progress.

To those of you who have submitted anything to me for print this year, you all have my thanks and undying gratitude. I rely on my regular, unpaid contributors like Loon Lake columnist Barbara Hendricks and Spences Bridge columnist Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan,  entertainment columnist Nadine Davenport and fitness columnists Vicky Trill and Wayne Little to be there for me – and you – with their interesting columns full of community news and ways to keep us on our toes and active.

Andrea Walker, Vivian Edwards, Reta Robertson, Phyllis Gray and Jessica Clement keep us updated on various local clubs and their activities; Maria Russell Martin keeps the tennis news coming, and Diana Hoggard is our “go to” for minor hockey.

Muriel Scallon and Joyce West make sure that the Ashcroft seniors are well covered, and Zee Chevalier provides the Clinton Seniors news.

Much of the school coverage comes from the schools themselves, but thank you nonetheless for keeping us posted.

Thanks to the Ashcroft RCMP for taking the time to recap the week’s files for us, and to staff at the Village Offices for all of the help whenever I need it.

There are so many more who I could list, but there’s only room for one more – you, our reader. We appreciate you more than you could imagine. Our best wishes to you for a safe, happy and healthy 2015.

Wendy Coomber is editor of the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal

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