A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU!
more than a year ago, The Valley Patriot was just
idea was to provide an alternative voice for
Merrimack Valley newsmakers and community leaders
who were frustrated by the lack of adequate local
coverage in other media outlets. We wanted to
publish a newspaper that was different. A
newspaper with a mission to provide news and
opinions not filtered by the political agenda of
an editorial board.
and malcontents in the community laughed, saying
that the paper would never get off the ground and
would never have credibility.
a few short months we were publishing breaking
stories that were later covered in the local
daily papers and on Boston talk radio. A few
months later we were noticed by Andy Card at the
White House, Congressman Marty Meehan and
Governor Mitt Romney. Something that surprised
even us! Of course, the skeptics and critics have
noticed us too. The Massachusetts Teachers
Association even brought legal action trying to
suppress the opinions of one of our columnists.
It must scare them to know that every month, the
public is exposed to ideas they dont
month, as we publish our one-year anniversary
edition, we are humbled and grateful that so many
important political and business leaders have
embraced and endorsed our mission to provide
local news and opinions not covered by other
are also appreciative that so many readers have
made us a regular part of their news consumption
every month. This past year, The Valley
Patriot has published articles and columns with
contributions from Lawrence Mayor Mike Sullivan,
Lawrence Council President Pat Blanchette,
Councilors Israel Reyes and Nilka Alvarez, School
Committeeman Amy McGovern, Superintendent
Wilfredo Laboy, and Lawrence High Principal Tom
readers have also enjoyed news and opinions from
North Andover officials: Town Manager Mark Rees,
Selectmen Wendy Wakeman and Jim Xenakis,
Superintendent Harry Harutunian, Dr. Ormsby,
community activists Ted Tripp, Ed Maguire and
Bill Kelly, just to name a few.
we expanded into Methuen and Haverhill, our
readers were able to hear from such newsmakers as
former Haverhill Mayor Jim Rurak, City Councilor
Bob DesMarais, School Committeeman Scott Wood,
Methuen Mayor Sharon Pollard, Methuen Council
President Bill Manzi, and Central District
Councilor Kathleen Corey Rahme. Of course,
with the limited space we have here on this page,
we cannot individually thank everyone who has
contributed to the success of The Valley Patriot.
From business leaders, to community activists, to
elected officials and a very loyal readership,
the response has been overwhelmingly supportive.
If not for the help and cooperation of all of
them, this monthly newspaper would still be
just an idea.
Board of Directors at The Valley Patriot want to
express our THANKS to the readers, contributors,
advertisers, (anonymous phone callers), elected
officials, community activists and everyone else
who has given of their time, money, energy,
effort, and prestige to make The Valley Patriot
an exciting and reliable new voice in the
the coming year we are looking forward to
doubling that success and expanding our
readership, as well as our coverage area. With
the continued help of all of you, we are sure to
duplicate what has been a VERY successful year!