A couple of months ago I wrote in my introduction to Lake Hopatcong News readers that we would be making a few changes, both with the website and with the print editions. We’ve been busy.
And here it is, folks.
First, our logo. Not a big change. We dropped the word ‘Reviews’ and replaced the old picture with a prettier picture; one, which I think, portrays the lake as a happy place.
Next, we’ve welcomed a few new writers. Sue Toth, who lives locally and writes about local issues; Michael Stephen Daigle, a veteran newspaper reporter who writes about Morris County issues; and Annalise Silivanch, who writes mostly about education and sustainability.
Barbara Simmons is still with us, just in a different role. In “Cooking With Scratch” she’ll be sharing her experiences in the kitchen, contributing delicious recipes and anecdotes passed on to her from her mother, Gertrude.
The website has had an overhaul, too. We still think it’s easy to navigate and easy to find all your favorite articles. It’s just been spruced up a bit. Bigger photos, a bit more useful information out on the front page.
Even with all the changes, many things have stayed the same.
Marty Kane’s excellent series on the history of Lake Hopatcong continues with a look back at Bertrand Island. We turned the tables on the columnist in this issue, writing a feature story about him this time.
Lori Price will be back this summer, giving us all a glimpse of daily life on the lake with her column, “Home Front on the Waterfront.”
No fish stories from Laurie Murphy, only helpful information in her column “Go Fish,” which is updated on the website weekly, even in the winter, as long as the lake is frozen.
This is the first of five issues that we will publish this year. We are excited to say this is the first winter edition ever to be published, and in doing so, we will be able to show off our publication by gving away issues to attendees at the New Jersey Boat Show and Expo in Edison. Our first summer edition will publish Memorial Day weekend.
So stoke the fire, sip a hot cup of whatever you drink and sit back and enjoy this edition of LHN. Bathing suits and flip flops are just around the corner.