The Community Newspaper with a Positive Difference . . . Twenty-Two Years Later
By Beki Rotman
        

What does the word "community" truly mean? Webster's Dictionary defines community as a unified body of individuals, or a group of people with a common characteristic or interest, living together within a larger society. But, to me, a community is so much more than just people living together within a larger society. A community bands together with support and prayers for someone who has fallen ill or suffered a tragedy of some sort. A community will share happy blessings with each other, like the birth of a new baby or a marriage or anniversary. A community enjoys a festival together, with laughter and fellowship, or bundles up together for a parade to welcome in the holidays. This community we have here in the greater Coopersville area is a gem unlike any other. I am so proud to be a part of something so much bigger than myself, and I know most of the people I interact with daily share the same sentiments.

I recently ran into one of my old high school teachers. I hadn't seen her in almost twenty years, but she recognized me right away. The first thing she asked was what I was doing at the middle school, and I explained that I was there to watch my daughter dance at halftime. She looked completely puzzled and asked, "You mean to tell me, that after all that talking you did about getting as far away from Coopersville as you could, you ended up back here after all?" Laughing as I remembered that teenage rebellion, I admitted that I had never left. The truth is, even if I had, I'm sure I would have found my way back. And many of my friends share a similar story. Sure, there are people that leave Coopersville for one reason or another, but for so many of us, Coopersville will always be our home. From the school system that we are so blessed to be a part of, to the city government that keeps our town running smoothly - from the tiny shop owners who put their heart and soul into providing our community with goods and services, to the volunteers who give of their time and talents - the people are what make Coopersville such a great place to live and raise a family. The staff here at the Observer feels truly blessed that we can continue to bring the community news to your home every other week. When my parents bought this newspaper twenty-two years ago, I was just a child myself. I have grown up with this community newspaper and have grown to love the people we serve. We wouldn't be here today without your support and encouragement.

As we look forward to 2018, we would like to personally thank all of you: the dedicated advertisers, faithful readers, and especially volunteer subscribers. We owe our successes to every one of you. Many of you realize you don't have to contribute in order to receive the paper, but you do it because you believe in our mission of bringing you the "community paper with the positive difference!"

We are approaching that time of year that is known for decreased advertising revenue for all newspapers, and we try to prepare for it. At the same time, our postage and printing costs have once again, increased. This is why we conduct our annual Volunteer Subscription Drive at the end of one year, into the new beginning of another. And this is why we are so thankful to you - - our volunteer subscribers. Your past donations have truly gotten us through the slow winter months, and I hope you will continue to show that support this year.

If a "Volunteer Subscription" return envelope is missing from your paper, please use the form below to show your continued support and mail to: The Observer, P.O. Box 111, Coopersville, MI 49404. Be one of the first 100 volunteer subscribers and receive a FREE "classified ad" to be used anytime during 2018.

In closing, the staff of The Observer and I wish you a New Year filled with cheer, good health, and a long life surrounded by your loved ones.

Most Sincerely,
Kerri Snowdin, Publisher
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