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If you are a regular reader of Speak Up Epping!, you know that it is your non-partisan, all-in-one source for all things Epping. From town schedules and events, to school news and schedules, senior activities and service organizations; every two months, Speak Up Epping brings it all together for you. What you may not realize is that for nearly five years, one woman has been the sole editor and only financial support keeping it going. Unlike the early years in its ten year history, there are no longer any advertisers to bear the expense of printing and distributing the print copies that are mailed out. This is not an inconsiderable amount - $250-$300 every other month for printing and distribution. Add to that web hosting costs and there is a total expense of about $2,000 each year. These are solely hard costs that are paid to printers, the postal service, a hosting company and a domain registrar. Neither the Newsletter editor, the Facebook editor, nor the Webmaster receive any money for their work and time - all services are volunteered.
On October 24th, a frequent contributor to the newsletter, Sandy Cray, and the Speak Up Epping! newsletter editor, Barbara Helmstetter, went before the Board of Selectmen to ask for assistance. Several ideas were discussed. If you would like to see the discussion, you may view it on the streaming site here: https://etv22.viebit.com/#ox9Ip83Tadr3. The SUE discussion is at the 31:00 minute mark.
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- Help spread the word. Let your family and friends know that Speak Up Epping! is available online. Did you know that you can download the printed version from the website? The first item on the navigation menu on the left will download a .pdf version right to your computer! You can also download all previous issues, back to 2007 from the "Past Issues" link below.
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- Do you have desktop publishing skills? Do you enjoy putting your creative and organizational skills to work? Consider volunteering a few hours every couple of months to help bring it all together. Because the newsletter only comes out every two months, and because the deadline for submissions is only a week before publishing, the time commitment is small, and usually just the week or so before the new issue.
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If you would like to make a donation, small or large, or would like to offer other support, please email Speak Up Epping! for information. Barbara has quietly been doing this as a labor of love for many years and we are just now finding out how much she has been doing. She has demonstrated a dedication to this project that not many people would. If you can show your support and appreciation, it will mean a lot and help share the burden.
Anne McKivergan, Webmaster, Speak Up Epping!
Editor’s note: Many thanks to Susan McGeough and the Epping Watson Academy Seniors for their donations to the Newsletter! Barbara