Commentary

Climbing a mountain is great motivation for change

By September 16, 2011

Last month I laced up my hiking boots and successfully completed one of the most difficult physical challenges for which I’ve ever volunteered. After hours of rock scrambling and a grueling, slow climb through steep, loose ash and pumice I made it to the top of Mount St. Helens (thanks to my boyfriend, my stubbornness, many water breaks and a hit off my inhaler).

I came down with a new mindset — if I can do that I can do (fill in the blank here).

Fortunately, our Village Life team has the same positive outlook, and a desire to challenge the establishment. We have been in “redesign mode” for a couple of months now, exchanging ideas and working our way up to a new look. A special thanks goes to design guru David Martinelli and Publisher Richard Esposito, who spearheaded this climb. (There’s no harm in patting your boss on the back, right?)

Giving a newspaper a makeover while still providing the great community-minded content you’ve come to expect from our publication had its challenges (though significantly less sweat than my earlier feat).

The question we continually asked was this: How can we better serve our community?

Today’s edition is the answer. In here you’ll find the long-missed crime watch, new columns, interesting local stories, reader contributions (keep them coming) and a fresh, clean design.

Village Life has had its place in El Dorado Hills for more than 15 years and we appreciate so much the support the community has given us. You share your stories with us. You send photos of your children’s soccer teams. You purchase ad space. You give us news tips and advice. We are thankful that you have embraced Village Life as your community newspaper.

So take your time, peruse our new pages and tell us what you think. Was it a successful journey? E-mail your comments and suggestions to [email protected]

Noel Stack

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