From the Publisher - Betsy Judge, Island Reporter Newspaper
Watching the winter Olympics has been fascinating, particularly the events taking place on the slopes high above Sochi in the Caucuses Mountains. I love to ski despite complaining about the cold when the mercury dips below 76 degrees. It is amazing to see those young men and women speeding down the slopes at breakneck speed or flipping through the air on the half pipe. They are phenomenal athletes with hearts of a lion.
What is even more amazing it to watch the emotion of Bode Miller in post race interviews and on the platform to receive a bronze medal at 38. Imagine having an opportunity to win an Olympic medal only every four years. To work so hard for success that hinges on a 50 second performance is medal material itself. It was four years ago that I published my first issue of TIR. Not quite an Olympic feat, for sure, but taking on the role of publisher has had its challenges and rewards Over the years we have gown TIR in number of pages, number of color pages and more than doubled the circulation.
None of these achievements would have been possible without the dedicated writers that help us fill the pages each month with quality content or faithful advertisers who use TIR to market their businesses and make publication of the paper possible. We love being able to bring awareness to all the great causes espoused by local, regional and national charities and the staff and volunteers that keep them going. Events like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk for the Cure and the Veteran’s of South Pinellas County’s Salute to the Military and First Responders help these groups raise needed funds while offering residents and visitors an opportunity to get involved, have fun and contribute to worthy causes.
The South Gulf Beaches are a great place to live and work.
Happy March everyone.