These last few weeks at The Mercury have been tumultuous at best, filled with transition and trial and error as we struggle to make our newspaper- your newspaper- a viable community resource while working within the constraints of management and administration.
As a result, we have reached out to the community for your input in a number of different ways. We have tried new things and eliminated things we thought were not working.
After receiving numerous requests to return the masthead to the old design of “The Richfield Springs Mercury,” and after considering the numerous requests to bring back the photographs of the swan and clock, we found a compromise.
If you notice, the masthead still says “The Mercury,” as we believe this will greater serve the larger community on the whole. However, we realized that many of you were right, we had lost our sense of identity as a community paper with the drastic change. So we’ve come up with a design that includes the trademark clock that Richfield Springs is so well known for, historically and geographically. We hope you like the new format depicting the clock and the name change.
Other considerations have also been made in an effort to cut costs. We have lost the color format, and are now exclusively a black and white newspaper. However, we will be using color for special editions. So our original request for your best landscape and wildlife photographs which we planned to use on the back page, in our new “Point of You” section, will no longer feature the photographs and all of their brilliance in color. However, you will still be able to view photographs in color on line at www.rsmercury.com.
So, in rolling with the flow, following the edict to cut color from our paper, we will be using more of the historical local photographs that you, our readers, have been submitting. We feel these are of great interest to the community and provide a recording of events that may have been missed first time around.
We also find that it is exciting piecing together like a giant quilt the history and names of people who made Richfield Springs and the surrounding communities what it is today.
Landscape and wildlife photographs will still be accepted, but keep in mind that their beauty should not be judged exclusively on the color content.
Now is a good time to thank everyone who has stepped up to bat in helping us cover sports throughout the area schools. Please continue to send in schedules, scores and photographs and we will continue to print them as we can.
Readers who have been sending in Your Page contributions, again, your efforts are helping us make this paper a great community newspaper.
Our Letters to the Editor section has come alive again thanks to your interests and efforts. Your positive praise, encouragement and support is much appreciated as well. Thank you.
One regular columnist you will be seeing less of is our local traveler Curt Richardson, as he winds down his journey throughout the United States homeland. Thank you, Mr. Richardson, for taking the time and effort to record your adventure for all of us back home who were unable to join you.
At this time we encourage local readers/writers to submit column ideas that are pertinent to life in this area, along with a sample column or two to fill the gap Mr. Richardson will be leaving as he concludes his saga.
We removed the crossword puzzle and heard that at least two of our readers were disappointed with that decision. We extend our apologies to you. We thought that space would be better used by reporting and sharing more local news and photographs.
This summarizes where we are right now. Please continue to keep your input and suggestions and contributions coming.
You are making this a great local paper, unique in its kind, just like the people who read it.