CHARLES TOWN – Timing, as they say, is everything.
We happily reported weeks ago that we’d begun to include the Jefferson County Health Department’s facility reports each week in the Spirit so that residents would have the latest word on the cleanliness of eateries, from hot dogs stands to the finest restaurants.
It took multiple calls and emails, but ultimately we hammered out a process for translating the health department’s reports into items for the Spirit. Unfortunately, George Bernardino, the man we were working with on this, recently stepped aside as director of the health department after just seven months on the job.
Until the health department’s latest shakeup is sorted out, it appears our restaurant reports are on hold. We’re looking forward to being able to bring this news to our readers as soon as we can.
We’re always looking for ways to make it easier for residents to pick up the Spirit each week and so we’re happy to say there’s now a box in Ranson.
You’ll see the new box outside the Ranson Post Office at 205 Ambrose Drive, a stone’s throw from the Ranson Square Shopping Center with The Locker Room, Rebuck & Associates Eye Care, Subway and Dollar General. The Spirit also is for sale inside the 7-Eleven and Dollar General in that plaza.
More newspaper boxes are one way the Spirit is increasing its presence in our community and another is … by increasing our physical presence at events. This week, we’re excited to be part of Discover Downtown Charles Town’s trick-or-treat fest put on each October.
At special events throughout the year such as the Jefferson County Fair, the American Public University Vendor Fair, the Charles Town Heritage Festival and most recently Middleway Day on Oct. 12, attendees are likely to see me, my fiancée and right-hand editor Christine Miller Ford, Mary Burns – our friendly, high-energy advertising director – or other staffers.
Typically we set up our table and make available subscription information as well as free copies of past issues of the paper for those who may have missed an edition. Events also offer a good opportunity to share ideas and discuss the latest news. We all enjoy the chance to meet our readers face to face.
The DDCT’s Halloween happening is a particularly fun meet-up because of all the costumed kids (and kids at heart). Checking out the jack-o’-lanterns and other fall decorations that jazz up nearly every storefront downtown also makes for a fun time.
And yes, there’s also the metric ton of candy to hand out.
Last Halloween, Spirit staff members stationed themselves at the busy corner of George and Liberty streets, down the way from our longtime office on George Street. This October, we’re excited to meet Halloweeners at our “new” office, the more modern suite that’s been our home since December at 114 N. Charles St.
An additional treat for those who come by our office — we’ll take photos of trick-or-treaters who pose for us so that we can include a sampling of the shots in our Oct. 30 edition. We’re looking forward to seeing folks from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday!
— Robert Snyder