Reading the Newspaper

The local paper

I love reading the newspaper. Whether it’s at night before bed or in the morning over breakfast. I like to get the lowdown on what’s going on in the world. And that’s to say nothing of the therapeutic quality of the comics. Even if they don’t really make you laugh.

One of the things that caught me off guard was experiencing the local newspapers. In our little town we have the Muscoda Progressive. The next town over (which is about the same size) has the Boscobel Register. Both papers are weeklies that come out on Thursday. That makes Thursdays very enjoyable.

You see, local papers don’t report on current events. At least not the kind of news I’m used to reading in the Chicago papers. Rather, they report on local events in the town.

Seems pretty obvious to me now. But at first it definitely caught me off guard. Allow me to share some of the highlights thus far:

Last week the cover photo was of the local powder-puff football game. The week before that was a photo of local 4-H girls trying to wrestle a pig at a fair. (Wait…I think I’m beginning to see a pattern here). Inside, the stories are about your neighbors or folks you might meet at the local breakfast diner. The past week covered the local high school homecoming weekend. It’s a great way to learn about the town and the events that are going on nearby.

And I’ll tell you… It’s a LOT better than reading about Stroger style corruption and tax hikes!

 

The local paper

 

Along with the various stories on local events is usually a list of various pancake breakfasts, charity cookouts and such. It’s been pretty cool to read about local organizations and when we’re ready, it should be pretty easy to find a way to help out. Whether it’s flipping pancakes or flipping chicken on a grill we’re both looking forward to getting involved.

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