Serving Dorchester, Belmont, Thorndale, Thamesford, Putnam, Crampton, Avon, Harrietsville-Mossley and surrounding area
Signpost photo by Wendy Spence
SPECIAL DISPLAY: Ruth Law (left) and her daughter Kellie Law stand in front of the birthday sign and balloons that Ruth and her husband put up on Catherine Street for their granddaughter Madilyn who celebrated her fifth birthday on Friday. They also put an A-frame sign with happy face balloons by the road asking residents to honk in recognition of the special day.


The Signpost is

depending on your support

by Wendy Spence
THE SIGNPOST

        No doubt residents are aware of the importance of keeping their business local as much as possible, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The community newspaper, The Signpost, which is in its 62nd year of focusing on local news, sports, business, school and human interest stories, is facing a dilemma, according to publisher Fred Huxley.
        “If revenues and cash flow decline much more, then we may have to look at taking a break from publishing on a weekly basis until such time that things get back to normal.” He emphasized that The Signpost is an integral part of the local community. “It’s clearly important that we have to get the news out to people in this stage of the pandemic,” Huxley said. “We sincerely wish to continue to do that, but we need customers to pay their bills and subscriptions.”
        The newspaper is one of many businesses in the community that have stayed alive during many changes and challenges. The novel coronavirus outbreak is unprecedented and brings with it uncertainty about the future. “It’s scary,” said Huxley. “At the end of the day, who knows what’s going to happen.”
        Last year in the edition celebrating our 60th anniversary, Huxley wrote: “One of my arguments to keep The Signpost in circulation was that in my mind, it was the heart of this community. It had grown under the watchful eye of Shelley Lacey into one of the best and most respected weekly newspapers in Ontario. Giving up on it after 35 years of love and effort was just wrong. It did not deserve to be kicked to the curb. I would like to think that after my 25 years of ownership we have been able to continue Mrs. Lacey’s legacy of publishing an amazing newspaper and we look forward to many more years to come. We are proud to be independently owned and look forward to continuing to be your source for local news in Thames Centre.”
        He continued, “Things are never easy, we don’t always get it perfect, but at the end of the day with the support of our vibrant and caring community, you, our readers and advertisers, we will carry on the amazing traditions of this fantastic publication. Without you our subscribers and our advertisers spending their hard earned money there would not be a need for a paper like The Signpost.”
        The Signpost invites residents to share any important information and positive experiences during the pandemic, as well as contribute articles, letters to the editor and photos and share story ideas by emailing signpostnews@gmail.com. Your input is always important and your support is very much appreciated while we do our best to provide local coverage, while practising physical distancing to help “flatten the curve.”
        Our office is temporarily closed to the public. The editor can be reached at: signpostnews@gmail.com. Customers are welcome to pay for subscriptions and/or advertising over the phone by credit card, by mail, by dropping off payment in the main door mail slot, as well as by e-transfer to signpost@rogers.com. Email or call 519-268-7337 with any questions.

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