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I have long felt that Georgina communities and our Brock friends to the east are active and vibrant neighbourhoods. Each and every person living among us has a story to tell and The Georgina Post is designed to bring those stories to light and share them with our neighbours. Traditionally, many of those stories and news items were forgotten or they were buried within the bowels of newspapers serving much larger communities—or the stories didn’t even make it to the editorial pages of these publications.
The idea for a new community paper came to me one morning over coffee with my father at the Virginia Beach Restaurant. We were watching a barge with a pile driver on it load a number of steel posts for what we supposed, was a dock construction somewhere. At the same time, we watched six police officers pile into the police boat and take off for, what we supposed, were police manoeuvres somewhere. All of the time these two events were unfolding, the Georgina Island ferry was running back and forth from the island with a load full of cars and trucks travelling to and from the island.
As I watched, I wondered what was going on with the barge, the police officers and the ferry passengers. And, I marvelled at how so much was going on in such a short period of time in such a small corner of my community. I wondered what else I was missing.
Having lived in Pefferlaw all my life and been formally educated as a journalist, a vocation I have spent 25 years working in, I decided I had the tools to find out more about what was happening in my community and share that knowledge with you.
In 2005, The Pefferlaw Post was launched. This newspaper was designed to feature community-oriented stories and news items and social activities. A section entitled “Tennyson Tidbits” paid homage to a 1960s Pefferlaw columnist for a local area paper which contained personal tidbits of information on residents and social engagements. I remember that almost every item ended with the phrase “and a good time was had by all” and that is the spirit in which this column is written today.
In 2007, the newspaper was awarded a Georgina Business Excellence Award and it continues to deliver on the principals which were acknowledged with that award.
Since The Pefferlaw Post began publishing in 2005, word of its quality editorial content spread across Georgina and it became a trusted and popular community news source for the entire Georgina community. To capture the essence of its Georgina-wide impact, the name of the paper was changed to The Georgina Post in 2015.
Although the name has changed, the paper’s editorial commitment remains the same. We will continue to reach out and retell your stories no matter where you live within our distribution area. And, the village of Pefferlaw will always be at its roots, in its heart and in its soul.
Of course for us to stay on top of everything, we will need your help. Please feel free to call me with any and all of the news stories you deem relevant . If you have a story idea or wish to contact me, please call (705) 437-1216 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org In the meantime, I hope you enjoy reading!