We Used to Call It Overset

This year we have been holding back photos and stories.

The problem is our we need more revenue to expand the size of the paper. When will the real estate market be back? And will the real estate companies ever return to print media?

I have one photo that will be in the Milton Times this Thursday. A photo of one of the symbols of the community. A free band concert where kids run freely and older people smile.

Pauline Wells and the Irish band Devri played at the Gazebo band concert in Milton tonight.

She has such a wonderful voice.

The concert was supposed to happen earlier this week. Until a few hours before the concert it was unclear whether the weather would cooperate.

The concert was sponsored by the Copeland Family Foundation. Joyce Tobin was on hand to listen to the amazing music. The crowd was amazing since the night was only planned after the rain-out on Tuesday.

Of course Police Chief Richard Wells was there to hear his wife sing. And so were many of their family members.

I know I can find space for one photo this week but many more will have to wait in what we used to call overset.

It’s another case of “All the news that fits.”

Our Advertising Manager Quit

Lita Muhammad, who has been the advertising manager at the Milton Times for slightly more than a year, wrapped up her work today.

Her exit interview was simple. Lita has worked extremely hard in the past year to learn how to keep all our advertising orders filled. Her position won’t be filled immediately. It’s a difficult economy. We can manage with one less person for the summer.

The office closed for a couple hours last Friday so the staff could take Lita to lunch. The group went to Gerard’s in Dorchester. It was her last full day.

I wish I had been there but I was still on vacation in Puerto Rico, enjoying time in the sun with my 9-year-old grandson.

For the next month or so I will be the ad manager. The position is a part-time one. And actually we didn’t have an advertising manager until a few years ago.

Having the position filled makes my life a lot better.

I will miss Lita.

Almost a Holiday

It’s the 3rd of July and I’m sitting in my office, typing away, getting ready for the 4th of July.  Vacations have begun for us but most of the staff is working today.

People here decided Monday would be their holiday, for the most part.  

The paper will be relatively thin this week. Expect photos of the 4th of July Races – unless they are rained out.

But we have a whole collection of fine photos about Milton events that are waiting for space. So no problem if the races fail to happen.

No Easy Answers

Congressman Stephen Lynch visited Milton today, bringing his wisdom and friendship.

We met at a coffeeshop in the Square. The Times editor, Mike Whelan, and I had a chance to find out more of what the Congressman is thinking about economic recovery, healthcare, and more.

The Congressman, who is now chair of the subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia. It’s an odd grouping. But in that capacity Cong. Lynch was able to “mark-up” a bill dealing with the way the post office pays its future healthcare benefits. (Mark-up means release in political speak.)

The bill won’t save the post office. But it is a step in the right direction for an agency that is otherwise expected to lose billions this year. And yet the postal service is mandated to meet its costs.

Are there answers?