For nine years, a town
crier situated in the centre of this publication's
front page banner, has held a scroll that displays
text. Over the years, some readers have asked what
it says; others imagined what it may read but most
people haven't noticed it at all. Much like the
town crier's scroll, this little community paper
has had a similar experience.
There have been a few
folks who have the vision, the imagination to see
the value of a community newspaper. They
appreciate the potential to share, in print, their
celebrations and victories along with their
tragedies and sorrows.
Those who do not
subscribe to TownCryer News miss out on the
opportunity to know first hand what is important
to area residents. Instead, they rely upon rumours
and second-hand information. And then, there are
those members of the community who are oblivious
to the existence of TownCryer News. Regrettably,
they are the majority.
In April 2007, with the
support of Musquodoboit Valley Tourism Association
(MVTA), the first issue of TownCryer News was
photocopied on letter size paper and distributed
free throughout the area. Within a short period of
time, it grew from letter size to legal size
photocopies and from one page to two.
In time, as it grew in
popularity, it was no longer a project of MVTA but
instead became an independently owned business and
exploded to a 16 page document on newsprint. After
almost four years of free distribution to every
household in Musquodoboit Valley, it became
necessary, in 2011, to add subscriber revenue to
offset publication costs.
Although this monthly
publication has enjoyed the financial support of a
few loyal advertisers and subscribers, during
these past few years monthly revenue has
frequently failed to be sufficient to offset the
costs of publication, printing and distribution.
Sadly, the difficult decision has been made to no
longer publish TownCryer News and the July 2016
(106th) issue is the final publication of this
A sincere expression of
thanks and appreciation is extended to all those
who have contributed to the pages of TownCryer
News with story ideas, submissions and ads. A
special expression of gratitude is extended to all
those individuals who so generously supported this
paper by making financial donations.
Your stories may
continue to be shared by visiting
MusquodoboitValley.ca on Facebook where you
can also stay
informed about upcoming events.
As for the scroll's
text, it reads: Let it be known that in the
Valley of Musquodoboit, in the County of Halifax,
in the Province of Nova Scotia…