This inaugural issue of the Gardiner Gazette was born out of a conversation about our future, and a realization that each of us has a unique responsibility to meet the challenges ahead. If change is coming, what do we want it to look like, and how do we shape it? We have no answer, but feel that the kernel of an answer lies in coming together as a community in these tough times. None of us has been immune to the troubles on Wall Street—no matter how far away that world seems. It is a problem that has felt utterly out of our control, and yet it affects us at the core of our goals and dreams. Many of the articles in this issue focus on the resources that we have available to us locally: they can help us and those around us.
We hope that future issues will provide a space where we can sustain a dialogue about strengthening our community, developing community programs, and caring for and helping those who live around us. If you would like to contribute an article or have a suggestion for that future dialogue, please contact us.
The Gardiner Gazette is in its infancy. Current thinking is that it will be published quarterly, and though we have mailed this first issue to every home in Gardiner and would prefer to continue doing that, we may consider keeping costs down by sending future issues via email and providing hardcopies at local stores. If you have suggestions or strong feelings about this we’d love to hear your thoughts ….