It’s hard to believe The Gardiner Gazette has just released its 31st issue. You might recall the front page of our first issue (Winter, 2009, above), when a “human book chain” moved the library from its old building to the new one.
It’s even harder to believe that two founding members of The Gazette, Anne and Ray Smith, are retiring from our ranks. We can’t thank them enough for their years of service to this endeavor, and we don’t know quite how we’ll fill their shoes.
Anne has written countless articles, and her suberb photographs have made the front page more often than anyone else’s. She also handled thank you notes to our donors and managed our Facebook page.
Ray produced some of our most interesting articles, served as our Business Manager for the first five years and our Ad Sales Manager for a few more. Both did their fair share of proof reading, with Ray getting the prize for best “catch” when he noticed a real estate ad mentioning a “walk in panty.” We will miss their smiling faces, thoughtful opinions and hard work, and we wish them the best in whatever they bring their considerable skills to next.