From the Publisher - Betsy Judge, The Island Reporter


It was five years ago this month that I published my first issue of The Island Reporter as the owner. When I bought the paper we printed 10,600 copies. This month our print run will be 31,500 copies and more than 27,000 will be mailed directly to homes and businesses. With an average readership of 1.925 people per copy, we have the potential to reach 60,000-plus readers each month.

I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to my outstanding contributors who provide interesting and informative articles: Ellen Capitosti, Kiven Davidek, Carol Hollenbeck, Jackie Minniti, Dr. Stacy Robinson, Melanie Coleman Simon, Dave Smith and Sally Yoder. And thanks to our Island Toons artist Bruce Norris and Lorrie Bellinger who works her magic each month to pull it all together. With the recent addition of Gigi Grimshaw in ad sales, we are bringing new businesses into the paper and the future looks very promising.

There are also a plethora of businesses, nonprofits and individuals who take the time to send photos and information about events for the picture page; images to compete in Photo of the Month, and information about accomplishments of people and groups for Notable Achievements.

I also want to thank my husband Joe who allowed me to jettison a great job to take on this endeavor and who has supported me through it all. Getting the paper out each month is truly a team effort.

Happy March and Happy St. Patty’s Day.

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