Beacon publisher and owner John Schaffner with Ohio Senator Randy Gardner holding the proclamation declaring July Free Community Newspaper Month.
Senator Randy Gardner declared July Free Community Newspaper Month. In Ottawa County there are two free newspapers serving the community: The Beacon and The Suburban Press. Below is the letter of citation honoring the month of July as Free Community Newspaper Month:
Whereas, “Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it” (Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, 1786); and
Whereas, the publishing industry of free community papers and newspapers made up of both small and large organizations, is an important element in local communities throughout this nation. Collectively, these publications disseminate valuable information to more than 50 million homes each week. These hometown publications are the original and enduring hyper local medium, carrying the torch of democracy as the town crier, fixed in print and shared with neighbors free of charge; and
Whereas, free community papers proudly serve the information needs of their communities across the great land, while promoting local commerce, free enterprise and public service. As the industry will sponsor Free Community Paper Month during July, 2014 it is fitting that recognition be given to this special effort to salute these publications, their owners and staff for the continued contributions to the growth and success of local communities through their publications.
Among those free community newspapers serving Ottawa County, Ohio are The Beacon and The Suburban Press, which serve the residents of Ottawa County with important news and information.
I encourage all our citizens to observe this month by taking time to read, recognize and acknowledge the importance of free community newspapers.
2nd Senate District