There's no doubt when you picked up your copy of this week's Clinton County Free Trader Today that you took a second glance at the front page. In addition to continuing to bring you stories about local people and events that are of interest to you, our readers, we at Denton Publications felt it was necessary to put our heads together to bring a more attractive look to the face of this newspaper.
When choosing the image at the center of our masthead, we thought long and hard. Would we have a mountainous scene to reflect the Adirondack Mountains which traverse much of the towns of Saranac and Dannemora and a portion of the town of Peru? Would we highlight Peru's prosperous apple orchards with a grove of apple trees? Or would we pick from countless other images that reflect other individual towns and villages within our readership area?
In the end, we decided on the look of a historic battleship. Why a battleship, you may ask? The answer is simple - history.
In the newspaper business, it's our duty to bring you the news of the day - news that will one day become our history. When deciding on an image that would encompass all of Clinton County rather than one particular portion versus another, we decided to choose a ship. The ship symbolizes the early settling of Clinton County and battles fought for this land we now so affectionately refer to as "the North Country." That history is what makes us what we are today and our mission - our duty to you, our readers - is to bring you information that informs you now and will inform generations to come of how life in Clinton County once was.
We hope you enjoy our new look as we continue to bring you the news you're looking for, for many years to come. And, as always, we welcome your feedback to know how we can better serve you, our readers!
Jeremiah Papineau is the editor of the Clinton County Free Trader Today and the North Countryman. He welcomes your suggestions for stories and columns and enjoys hearing from readers. He may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 561-9680, ext. 102.